Advocacy for Artists and Designers
WE NEED SERIOUS EDUCATION REFORM
AND NOT THE BETSEY DEVOS KIND...
Feb. 14, 2018
I’m a firm believer that everything in life is a series of cycles. Ones that vary is size, intensity, and length. They exist, they are woven into the fabric of the creative life. Don’t believe me, there’s even a song about it.. Everything in life is a cycle.
People don’t really understand how our minds work, and if I’m being honest, most times we don’t either. From the outside looking in, the creative cycle can look and feel like Bipolar disorder. I was misdiagnosed for years as bipolar, only to discover, that the creative cycle was what allowed me to create work. That cycle, while incredibly painful at times, was the death and rebirth of creativity. It’s not as mystical as it sounds. It’s biological and it’s what makes artists creative.
Dec. 01, 2017
Nov. 25, 2017
Needs Serious Reform
Not the Holy Grail
Its a common problem developing designers, the deep desire to want to work. When we start out we will literally do anything as long as we’re making art. Creating work is what drives us, sadly in almost every case, compensation typically comes in second...if not further down the list. When we placed the focus on making work, we let the free market open the door to unsavory practices. Practices like crowdsourcing, on bid or on spec. None of which is the benefit of the designer, or in most cases the many designers that are bidding at one time.
We need deep systemic change in how design is taught. We the kind of change normally tossed about college board meetings or conversations about pathways. We need to focus, more than ever on students and their success. Too often design educators teach what they've been taught, in the exact way that they were taught it. Academic design isn't where innovation, exploration and growth happen, education, as it is now, is attempting to please the teachers taste or classic fine arts principles that are less important than being prepared for commercial design.