Week 10 – Reading Blog

Chapter 14 – The Education Matrix

Nice to know that I probably waited to long to go back to school.  By the time I finish my Bachelor’s Degree the digital design field will probably require a doctorate to go beyond an entry level position.  Considering how much debt I’m going to accumulate getting this degree, the best I can look forward to is going further in debt to get a graduate degree.  The only consolations are that I pick up new concepts and applications easily, and I enjoy expanding my knowledge and skills base through personal study.  Practically everything I know about Excel was self taught.  Of course the problem there is convincing potential employers that I have the chops without a formal degree.  Maybe  I can go back and rebuild some of my work and create a portfolio of what I have done so far.

Developing the Digital Designer – Interview with Anthony Dunne.

Calling the program Design Interactions rather than Interactive Design really seems pointless.  The terms and limitations of Interactive Design are far from solid, so muddying the waters by playing with terminology seems counterproductive.  I also don’t really like the connotations of calling something a placebo project, since a placebo is a fake medicine that is applied to a test group.  Moving away from the negative bias of ‘problem solving’ which is reactive, rather than proactive, is a good idea, but saddling it with a weighted term like placebo, instead of calling it something like an exploratory project, seems counteractive.  Basically it sounds like ‘designers’ want the freedom to make non-commercial art, but still want to be taken seriously by the business world.  Have fun walking that tightrope people.  Hope you can catch up with the ‘artist’ who has been doing exactly that for so long they are riding a unicycle by now.

Humanities Over All – Eliott Earls

I really think Earls brings the idea of the artist controlling the media and the tools rather than the reverse to a head.  I couldn’t find a copy of Catfish online, but I did find an interview with him.  I’ll try and explore more of his work when I have time.

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