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J’ADORE YOUR EMOTIONS AT 2.13 AM

Selection of comments from
‘Can Graphic Design Make You Cry?’ by Jessica Helfand,
from designobserver.com.

L.M. CUNNINGHAM WROTE AT 2.13 AM:

Great piece, Jessica — as usual!
There’s always been an emotional discontinuity between “design” and “art,” and I too have been fascinated over the years with both how to bridge the gap and why it exists in the first place. As much as I like working with, and in, “design,” I’m finding the constrictions and limitations to be a serious impediment in my own “art.”
Given the choice, I think I’d pick emotional (not Céline-Dion-esque emotive) “art” anyday.
Cheers!

EDDIE JACOBSON WROTE AT 03:30 AM:

Wonderful article. The objective/subjective debate is a worm-hole that cannot be so succinctly resolved. If objectivity is thought to be a more “true” representation of an idea (as its intended to be devoid of a presence or entity other than the communication), how then are we to address culture? I can certainly see the value in a designer attempting to distance his/her own bias, but bias and emotion should not be confused. Really, the goal of design is to be both objective and subjective, appropriately reacting to the needs of the communication. What is more true than visually speaking in the same language as culture would expect? William Dwiggins and David Carson have the same message! Bringing up the web debate was a nice touch to the article. As an educator, I see the 18-25 year-old zeitgeist. And it is really not about a precise identity anymore. It is very face value and ephemeral. The design from these students reflects this. My question is the real problem with emotion in design really about being an intrusive voice or more about the absense of personal identity associated within an increasingly ephemeral culture?

PAT TAYLOER WROTE AT 10:03 AM:

This is a keeper! Thanks Jessica.

JOE MORAN WROTE 02:47 AM:

That reminds me of a Chuck Norris joke… ready?… Chuck Norris’ tears can cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried. Great stuff, lady! Guess we’ll all have some time to cry eventually. Even Chuck. VR/

SELBY SHERMAN WROTE AT 9.18 AM:

Beautifully written; trenchant perception. Phenomenal work.

LISA MIKULSKI WROTE AT 10.30 AM:

Just lovely. Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing.

KARL BAXTER WROTE AT 10.40 AM:

Beautifully penned article and some great follow up. Massive food for thought. I guess the industry had moved on and probably away, but then it’s merely a mirror of our culture(s). Most design is an emotional response of some sort by a designer to a subjective / problem /

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J’ADORE YOUR BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL

Selection of comments from
‘Soot by Note Design Studio and Karolina Stenfelt’
posted by Rose Etherington, from dezeen.com.

LELANI WROTE:

Beautiful, clever and practical!

RED PILL JUNKIE WROTE:

Luscious! They should definitely consider producing an accompanying chair with the same principles.

ANTONIO ROSA DA SILVA WROTE:

Beautiful detail.

WANTONE WROTE:

Beautiful craftsmanship.

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J’ADORE YOUR SUMMERLY EDGE

Selection of comments from
‘On the Street… Runstraat, Amsterdam,’
from thesatorialist.blogspot.com.

C.C.B WROTE:

This dress is so lovely and I love the tattoo peaking over her forearm making such a sweet look a bit more edgy. I only wish she were in colored heels, maybe red to match her lips to give this look a pop of color.

SOFIE EWERTSEN NISSEN WROTE:

She looks so summerly. I don’t know weather i love this or thing it’s to cute.

IBEN WROTE:

Such a sweet girl! Love her innocent flower child look! Love Despite color

FLINDER WROTE:

This dress is darling. Love the flowers. The picture is really stunning. It looks like a painting, the lighting her porcelain skin and her statuesque pose.

GIRAFFEWING WROTE:

Love, love, love! She looks so healthy and happy and beautiful!

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  • Thought by Travis Stearns — 2011/10/26 @ 22:51

    I think there’s such an emphasis on the act of making and feeding the machine (Flickr, Tumblr, your RSS portfolio) in design culture that writing and articulating ideas is a critically endangered practice. In school, I was forced into a semester of Design Thinking. The most valuable part of this curriculum and for that matter just about any design/art school course was simply time. Time to think, time to develop and test ideas that maybe aren’t so lock-and-step with the repetitive adoration and what I would call posi-trolling. So I think the answer is more reading & writing. Start a book club, start discussing design with peers, parents, teachers, keep a blog about design where images aren’t the focus. That’s a start, I guess.

  • Thought by admin — 2011/07/14 @ 09:54

    Your glorious thoughts were rolled into our printed magazine for Issue n° 0. Thinking is now closed, and you can buy a copy for €10 by mailing us at info@thatnewdesignsmell.net. Nevertheless, the use of criticism and dialogue to derail reality is still our favorite theme. Stay tuned for new criticism for Issue n° 1, or submit to the smell with your own: an open call is in effect.

  • Thought by Daniel van der Velden — 2011/06/26 @ 00:55

    Please keep this section going for the sake of exposing the way in which a “mainstream design” discourse has embraced this terrifying sense of adoration, which is so utterly boring yet predominant. You will very rarely hear this type of “thank you for your wonderful gift” comment when an “unconventional” position is advocated, and in that sense the mainstream design discourse cannot even properly distinguish “out of the ordinary” positions / opinions from “uncommented / invisible” ones.

  • Thought by Martin Hart — 2011/06/13 @ 21:24

    Adoration is a deep, deep kind of love. The kind you kneel before and worship. Consider the word itself: a hybrid of ‘going towards’ and ‘begging’. Absolutely amazing what can be said.

  • Thought by EL — 2011/06/13 @ 02:04

    J’adore!

  • Thought by Steven C. — 2011/06/12 @ 21:34

    ‘Great piece, Jessica — as usual!
    There’s always been an emotional discontinuity between “design” and “art,”’

    ooh, an “emotional discontinuity” – people seriously need to shutup sometimes. There’s a bit more to the mix than emotions dear and I guess the “constrictions” and “limitations” you find in design are what we designers call: “constraints” – ie. the things you ACTUALLY need to face when you want your “art” to ever be used by real people. Though, it takes a bit of humbleness to see one’s name barely ever appear on a design and since the choice is yours: please do call yourself an ‘artist’, do leave design alone and go doodle emotionally as you wish.

  • Thought by A. Walczyk — 2011/06/12 @ 21:20

    Really love this part. It’s a very good and clever idea.





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