E18: Are designers big fat manipulators?
This time round Life Collective’s Kristen Boschma has visual designers Tom, George and Heather in her crosshairs.
Together they explore the art of visual storytelling; are today’s designers just a bunch of appropriators who recycle the same old tropes, or commercially savvy practitioners who use design practices, principles and theories passed down through the ages to create sensitive messages that sell, sell, sell?
LISTEN TO EPISODE 18 HERE
Links to some of the things Tom, Georgia and Heather touched on:
- The panel debated the pros and cons of the visual culture of appropriation and repurposing of art.
- Georgia raised the controversy of the Fearless Girl statue that appeared in front of Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull sculpture in NYC earlier this year. What recourse does the Charging Bull artist have when the meaning and intent of his work has been totally remastered by the placement of the Fearless Girl sculpture? Read more about the debate here
- Kristen used the example of a Melbourne cafe that has temporarily popped up in front of a quirky piece of public art and obliterated it from view. The artist wants to know why?
- Cow up a tree...behind a temporary cafe for three years - theage.com.au - 22 June 2017
- Colour theory was developed and codified by Josef Albers, a 20th century artist whose seminal work on the subject - Interaction of Color - was published in 1963. Here’s a short history of the man and his opus
- Talk of colour theory turned to the way people and animals perceive colour. A Radio Lab podcast features a small shrimp that has 16 colour receptors compared to our seven. That is amazing. Listen here
- At the age of 82 French impressionist Claude Monet had cataract surgery to completely remove the lens of his left eye and return his eyesight to him. Before his surgery Monet painted in muted, muddy tones due to his failing eyesight. After the surgery he could again see colour but due to the removal of the lens, light streamed into his left eye and allowed him to see and paint in ultraviolet. All the deets here
- People with colorblindness can now use special glasses to correct their vision and let them see what the rest of the world can. This YouTube vid features a dad getting a pair of correction specs for his birthday and it will melt your heart - we dare you not to well up!
- The dress. Yes, that dress. Was it black and blue or white and yellow? Scientist can now confirm why no one can agree on what colour it was. What colours did you see?
- Birds definitely do it. In fact the Satin Bowerbird uses colour to attract its mates with bits and pieces of blue scavenged for nature and what we throw out.
- Fish too. Specifically the male of a pufferfish species creates intricate patterns in its sandy seabed habitat to attract its mate
- What is design theory? Adam Blake, Blundstone’s Global Head of Brand, Design & Consumer Engagement featured in Life Collective E12: What’s brand got to do with it? He is a published author on the subject of design thinking. Listen to the podcast
- Adam co-authored Designing Your Business To Win, a workbook published by UTS for aspiring Australian SMEs, design business advisers and businesses - email us to get your copy
- He also co-authored a chapter in UTS ePress text Creative Business in Australia called Winning by design: Integrating design into Australian manufacturing
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