It’s been a busy start to 2014. Posts on MTTB™ have slowed, largely because I’m in the midst of an incredibly expansive project in Cincinnati, OH. For the past six months, Kate and I have been working with the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation to design and build a philanthropic lab called People’s Liberty. Through individual grants, ongoing mentorship opportunities and inspiring programs, People’s Liberty will provide Cincinnati’s emerging and existing talent with the tools and resources they need to move their creative ideas forward.
Writing & Form
The way type is set according to the content and message
Asemic / Concrete Poetry
Illegibility vs Legibility
Abstract forms / shapes
The Infra - Ordinary
Spaces in between
Collections from Instagram, online and out & about.
I have found VCA to be a great place to unpack what I wanted to research and have found myself thinking about what what it is I do and how I do it. Am I even a designer?
I feel much more at home positioning myself as a graphic artist rather than a graphic designer. I think this is because my practice has moved so far away from the traditional designer - client relationship.
The other pressing question is What is social design? A question that I have moved away from over the previous few year, I think because so many people are using this term to describe and position work that is not really social design. Kind of a contradiction I know but that what my head is doing at the moment.
I have found the research methods classes to be very useful in unpacking the core research question and moving from ‘my research’ to ‘the research.
A few questions to ponder.
- What is Social Design?
- What is a Social Design practice?
- How does one practice Social Design?
- Can you practice Social Design?What is Socially engaged practice?
- Why Graphic arts?
- What is the relationship of graphic arts to graphic design and how does graphic design differ from communication design?
- Is design relevant in a socially engaged practice? For a socially engaged practitioner?
- If the aim of Social Design is to build community why are graphic designers engaging in this space?
- What are the possible outcomes of Social Design practice?
- Do we need to rethink expectations and methods?
I have also begun to work on a synopsis of the research.
This research explores the phenomenon of Social Design by investigating propositions and experiences where the graphic designers role shifts from visual producer to community catalyst.
The research first locates Social Design as an evolving practice where designers use the creative process, as taught in design schools, as a tool to empower communities and drive social innovation/entrepreneurship.
The thesis will chart the progression of graphic design from an artistic endeavor to a profession serving the needs of clients. The research will explore graphic design from an artists perspective, that is from a perspective where artistic intent and output drive projects rather than a design perspective that is led by ‘clients’ and ‘briefs’.