I’m back to doing everything I used to, loving life as ever.
~ Donna Mills (source)
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An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.”
~ Henri Matisse
Teaching design, especially beginning design, I find myself continually correcting myself when I speak about the rules of design. Luckily, I listen as I speak and hear those words escape my lips and correct myself. “NO RULES, Guidelines… No rules.”
I never want my students to be imprisoned by rules… If designers were restricted by rules there would be no Milton Glaser, David Carson, Neville Brody, or Paula Scher.
Every act is a visual judgement.” ~ Rudolf Arnheim
Last week, I was surprised when the project that I handed out to my class the week before came back to me as we went to critique. They were suppose to up a few lines of text in an 8 x 8 inch box. Half of my students placed the text in the upper-left corner of the frame. When I asked them why they didn’t place it with more balanced within the space. A few of them responded that I didn’t ask them to design it. Sighs…. My mistake, I guess.
I wish had this quote on the tip of my tongue because these few words say so much. Each visual judgment denotes meaning… Whether intended or not.
If design doesn’t feel good in your heart, it doesn’t matter what your brain says.” ~ April Greiman
Was able to catch my breath and some rest. Sadly, it is apparent my posting will be less frequent but I will make an effort to post some of the wonderful and more profound ideas that I run across while I prep for my sources. This little nugget is a gem and seems to coincide with Steve Jobs notion of design. That design is more about intuition and inspiration rather than intellect.
Let the viewer stroll around within the picture,to force him to forget himself and so to become a part of the picture.”
~ Wassily Kandinsky
Today, I am beginning to put together the layout and design course I will be teaching at MCTC. I think I found a terrific book, Ellen Lupton’s and Jennifer Cole Phillips text—Graphic Design the New Basics. I chose it because the authors focus on the language and concepts of design rather than software or making the giant leap as most graphic design text into page layout, type, or “reworking pop-culture vocabularies.” I am excited and energize and ready to return to the classroom soon. As I work on this course I look forward to reviewing many of the formal design structures presented in this book.