November 8, 2010 Comments Off on Ask yourself what makes you come alive…
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.
September 30, 2010 Comments Off on Design and Art
Narani: I think design can be art if it serves a function. I do believe that design has some artistic aspects to it, but design is not ‘strictly’ art. Design is an intellectual process. Designers may use artistic methods to visualize their thinking process but unlike artists, designers work to solve a client’s problem with an aesthetic approach. It’s an integrated process, from research to planning the appropriate communication strategy, to designing functional and beautiful designs, which at the end, serves a function and solves a problem. Art is not ‘functional’. It involves personal expression and is purely for aesthetic pleasure that is appreciated by others.
September 22, 2010 Comments Off on Front-end design work
Spending the time to do what I call “front-end work”, which I have written about in this column on more than one occasion and involves students working with their teachers to craft good quality ideas, is always worth the effort. Students who spend days or even weeks working with ideas they aren’t invested in inevitably leads to mediocre art. On the other hand, if students do a little research, get inspired by different approaches to making art, and truly reflect on what is important to them, themes and big questions rise to the surface and ultimately lead to higher quality work.