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this is a journal of work for my degree project

its sorted chronologically

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JANUARY 26, 2012


DP: first questions at the end of the fall semester, i finished my senior presentation to with a question: how can design influence designers to reconsider what design is? i marveled in its frustratingly vague and snarky language. the short talk that preceded my question was about coming into design as a sort of misfit, and how that personal mental positioning has allowed me to approach my work with a fresh (naive?) set of expectations. ive made it my goal to be aware of trend and style in design, but ive tried to not use it as a launchpad for what i produce. this misfit perspective, combined with the conscious effort to not regurgitate trend (an inability to regurgitate trend?) has informed a body of work that i personally am satisfied with; a body of work that reflects a genuine desire to service the clients needs in the smartest way possible, as well as infuse a joy drop of my own self to animate and invigorate the experience. moving forward, id like to stick with the existing question. this semester for me is to be the beginning of what i expect to be a life-long struggle with the relevance, advantages/disadvantages, and impact of trend and style versus message in design. the tone of the question is important to me, because im self-conscious about tackling an issue that ill readily admit im not qualified to fully answer (yet?). its tongue-in-cheek attitude is a safety net ive laid out in case im unable to form a coherent, intelligent position on the matter. here are some personally existential questions ive been asking myself over break about the subject: who determines trend? where does trend live? are consumers aware of trend in design? if so, what impression does it make on them? what does style communicate? what relevance does trend have on consumerism? why the fascination with trend with designers? theres a thousand other bigger and smaller questions relevant to this. the more i think about the project, the more questions i have. im falling down the rabbit hole, and thats encouragingi smell a mind map.