I find myself back in New York City. This time, as a designer, four years older, and a little bit wiser. I find myself on the other side of the country again, by myself, again. Despite the fact that this seems like a huge move, it has been a relatively easy transition. However, there is rampant sense of loneliness, which seems ironic for such a bustling city as New York. In reality, we are all isolated in our own worlds, just trying to get from point A to point B. Amidst this time to myself, I find the need to create for myself, to try and rid myself of any outside pressure, and to just make. This is a series of "Eclectic Letterforms;" it was a quick exercise to break the creative ice for myself during this new journey in New York. Inspired by my daily experiences in the city, and by the design aesthetic that I am surrounded by on a daily basis at Pentagram.
I heard someone today say that we are all walking around with a big sign that says "notice me." We all desire to be known. What if we were to reach out? What if we were to make people feel like they have been seen, like they have been heard? To be known, is to feel valued.
This has been quite the season of transition, change, adjustment, and of new beginnings. I have started a new position as a Product Designer for a digital agency in Irvine called Envoy. So far I feel like I have learned an incredible amount about what it means to build a functional and aesthetically pleasing digital product and all of the intricacies and deep thought processes that go with it. At the same time, I have barely scratched the surface of what this position is truly responsible for. I spend my days at work in a constant state of trying to create solutions that make sense. There is this profound pressure as a product designer to innovate and to produce experiences that create a sense of ease in people's lives.
I believe that this daily routine has created a personal creative desire to make things that don't necessarily make sense. To create things that aren't governed by order, but by chaos. There is something freeing, yet profound about creating abstract work. Many people would tell you that it is meaningless, confusing, and that it shouldn't be labeled as art. However, I believe the desire to create chaos and the fact that this type of work is a reaction to something qualifies it as meaningful art. It is almost like a blueprint or signature of an artist's emotions and actions.
As I enter into another time of transition, I am cherishing the chapter I leave behind and anticipating the new one I am about to begin.Read More
Experimental type poster exploring the idea of capturing the essence of that which is unrestrained and uncontrolled. I think that the organic and rough variation of letterforms does communicate uncontrolled, but I think this idea can be pushed farther conceptually.
We are living in interesting times socially and politically. We are constantly immersed in data, information, news, and opinions at such a high rate every single day. Everyone has the ability to make their voice heard and their opinion known on social media, whether it is for better or for worse. Recently, with the intensity of the presidential election and the shocking results, people have used social media to express their, most oftentimes, heated opinions about our political climate. The social media feed has been a place of controversy and destructive conversation for quite some time. The fact that we have the ability to converse with someone digitally means that we lose the humanity of our conversation. Face to face conversations don't exist in the digital realm. As a result, it's easier for us to respond in ways that are not kind or understanding. If we had to face the person we were in a heated argument on Facebook with, I bet that half the things that are submitted digitally would not be said in person. We tend to lose our filters on social media, and this only leads to us dehumanizing and devaluing each other.
In response to the negative and destructive political and social climate, a group of us designers decided to intersect the hatred with love. It is a basic premise of responding to hate with the unexpected posture of kindness. It really points to the fact that our problems as a human race are not as complex as we make them out to be. If everyone chose to respond in love and to pause to understand those who are different from themselves, this world would be quite a different place.
This small campaign is called "Take Heart Together," and it was originally inspired by my talented friend Ridan Arellano. We decided to create a series of heart images and encouraged everyone to make their own version of a heart. It is only when we decide to come together and fight hatred with love will we start to see a change of heart in those around us.
The thinking of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates set the foundation for the dialogue about Aesthetics. Until present day, we have been fascinated and tortured by the idea of beauty. The curiosity dwells in the fact that we know that beauty exists; however, we cannot objectively define it. It is interesting to investigate the definition of art as it relates to design process and thinking. The very nature of art is hard to define; what is valued as art shifts as the world's values change. What humans deem as important ultimately shapes what characteristics and qualities in art they become attracted to.
The question must be asked if design is held to the same quandary that art is held to. Can design be objectively defined in contrast to fine art? How do we decide what is good and what is bad design? Can a work be considered design when it starts to become more personally expressive instead of intentionally solving a problem?
A common phrase all designers hear and make their mission to express to others is that "design is everywhere." I wholeheartedly believe that this is true. Every element of our world was designed and constructed with a plan, an underlying structure, and an ultimate purpose. Our field of design can easily be defined in this way as well in that it is the product of a master plan with an ultimate purpose and goal. Personally, I do not think that design can be truly be qualified if is exists without a structure or plan. When this happens, it starts to cross into the boundary of experimental fine art.
These ideas are interesting to ponder. One of the many things topics that I enjoy contemplating.
"To Kill A Mockingbird" is a work of genius that confronts the racial tension of the 1930s in the south through the lens of a little and strong-willed girl, Scout. Atticus, Scout's Father, sits her down one day and share this beautiful quote and piece of wisdom with her, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." I chose to represent this quote because it is something so relevant for our contemporary world. It is time for us to create a dialogue with those who are different from ourselves.
This creation is inspired by the innocent and childlike nature of Scout Finch. It is a collage made up of simple shapes to represent the simple, yet complex nature of this young woman.