Monday, April 18, 2011

Extra Credit

          After the in-class discussion today, I know clearly see the difference in today's view of design and past views of design. When looking at the biographies of the stars on Design Star and Design on a Dime, the view is that anyone can design, even without formal education, and to some degree, I agree. Anyone can draw, imagine, or paste together a chair, but not everyone can create a well crafted object, that is what schooling does. It provides the facts, like building codes, joinery methods, and other things, but it can also provide opinions. For example, I receive most of my inspiration from other people in my studio, but inspiration is nothing without the facts on how to create it. Schooling also allows people to step out from their comfort zone of only rendering accurately to being more loose and creative with it. Instead of designing the same mirror frame a million times with a new color, college can help you turn that mirror into something that you would have never thought  possible because with other people t hat are majoring in the same thing around, you have more experienced input and opinions to contemplate. Which leads to how important credentials and experience is in the design world.
          I know from first hand experience that credentials mean the work for most people. My boyfriend moved to north carolina about a year ago and has yet to get a job, no matter how many people he calls, emails, and meets, he still has no job, and it's because he doesn't know anyone that lives here to give him credentials. He has plenty of experience is most fields, but because he doesn't personally know someone that previously or currently worked in the job he can't seem to get one. Experience is also equally as important and crucial to getting ahead in the world. Even though college can be considered experience, most people want working experience, outside of college since it can give you worldly knowledge and real life experience; experience that cannot be substituted. For example, a designer may not know exactly how to create something where all parts work as a whole until they try, which proves that holistic design is everything in Interior Architecture.
          The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A well designed object, space, building, or place is nothing if everything doesn't work together, like the parts of a clock. If the delight is aspect is missing from the commodity, firmness, and delight, in a piece, then it isn't considered a well designed object. Repetition must occur in an object to make it holistic. If metal is the base for a chair, then a designer should let it continue to the arms or the back of the chair, to allow the eye to follow the metal all the way through. But this skill comes to designers from trial and error and through life experiences, which each person learns differently.
          Each designer brings something different to the table, that's why most projects are group oriented. But in Design Star, the show makes the audience believe that one designer is creating everything that they see in a matter of minutes, when instead it is collaborative and can take months to plan and become a reality. Media diminishes the reputation of design, making it seem that design is easy, for everyone, and fluff. It also makes it seem like only mirror frames and rooms can be designed, whereas magazines, chairs, electronics, and even ADs are designed. I hope to get out into the world and show through media how dedicated a true design is and debunk all the myths that are being spread.

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