Design is Problem Solving

Reflection of the posts.

Kids guide to graphic design – So reading this article and the first quite rings true, “It doesn’t occur to most people that everything is designed — that every building and everything they touch in the world is designed”.  Everything in our reality is designed whether it seems like it or not. They may not always be designed well, but someone always has a hand in it. And the author makes a great point that if we do not stop and pay attention to design, we tend to miss things. He describes this as a cultural blind spot, which I tend to agree with. Lots of us do not stop and appreciate the design aspect of things, rather we focus on the function. In the audio excerpt he explains his thoughts that everything we do is designed, and by that he means planned. Everything is made to serve a function and it is planned. Something as simple as laying your clothes out the night before is designing how your morning activities will be changed or improved to optimize your time. Design is problem solving. I really like how design is described as a head trip where other elements have more physical goals. So, with graphic design, we are planning head trips for the viewers. Really inspiring knowing we were assigned some design projects this week.

TED Talk – I really enjoyed the TED talk with Mr. Kidd. He really explained the importance of design and how it can translate to business. The better his designs, the better the book sales. It was enjoyable to see him talk through his process and see some of his work. The other big point was how his design told a story. It gave a preview of what you would find inside the book. Very interesting to see how he would change how the cover worked and it would convey a different message.

Movie Posters – The next piece that was going over colors in movie posters was really cool. It was one of those things like, I felt like there was always a pattern, but I could never put my finger on it. When it came to the yellow and indie movie posters, I was like… what… then he pulled up the sheet with all the movies and I kind of laughed. There was no way they were all yellow, and yep, they were. Going through all the genres and seeing what emotions they were trying to convey though color was really cool, and I hope to use these on some of my projects.

Stranger Things – The last video was about the stranger things intro. For one, great show. Sci-fi horror is my jam and that show added deep synth wave sound… amazing combo. It was interesting to learn where the inspiration came from and how it connected to the intro. I think the intro sequence was actually what go to me to watch the show in the first place. So, good for them getting a fan over that sequence.

So, all in all these articles and videos showed how different elements of design draw in viewers and convey the message they want to convey. Until I watched went over these topics, I never really thought about how such small changes could change the entire feel of something. It really got me thinking about what I can do to make my projects for this class convey my intentions more effectively. The quote rings true, design is problem solving.