Welcome + Posting Guidelines

Welcome to our class blog for Foundations of Art, Design, and Digital Culture! You will be expected to post on here once a week before each Monday’s class. Your posts should relate to something we are talking about in class. They can range anywhere from design, painting, photography, sculpture, performance, composition, fashion, video, architecture, and theory….

Reimagining the New York Times

Artist Mira Schor’s graphic interventions of New York Times headlines are a reminder of designs ability to influence collective identity. Her work brings a sense of urgency, “reality” as she calls it, into headlines that too often downplay or mute the direness of the circumstances. In all of her 66 and counting NYT interventions, Schor’s…

Apple Iconography

This article discusses the new emojis that are coming to iOS in 2021. I always find Apple’s emoji releases to be interesting to dissect as they are a pretty strong indicator of how norms are changing in society; for example, this release includes a wide variety of racially and sexually diverse couples. I also think…

Observers becoming the Observed

This article highlights Trevor Paglen, an artist whose work centers around the relationship between the “real” world and the virtual world, as well as systematic prejudices that exist within systems of artificial intelligence. One of his current exhibitions includes an element where the people walking through the exhibit are recorded and broadcasted for anyone to…

Being an artist and an essential worker

This article tackles an interesting intersection between art, academia, and the COVID-19 pandemic. It features Monica, a BFA graduate and grocery store manager, who discusses both the challenges of art school and being an essential worker. Monica’s art utilizes basic design elements and shapes, reminding me of the abstract work we’ve discussed in class. Read…

WasteShark: Tech for Clean Water

For the speculative design manual, I was thinking about creative ways to get rid of plastic wastes in the ocean and came across this marine drone by RanMarine called the WasteShark. This technology operates both as autonomous and remote-control model and performs waste and data collection in ports, harbors and other marine environment. Read more…

Yi-Fei Chen designs a gun for firing her tears

This design was on display at the Dutch Design Week. The designer was influenced by her experiences growing up in a strict and authoritative education system, in which she felt like she was unable to resist her teachers and other higher-ups. She was taught that disagreeing with authority was rude. Then, when she moved to…

Conceptual Illustrations

I found this artwork and the article about it to be very relevant to the talk of conceptual art in our readings. However, instead of being about conceptual art as art of a possible future conceptual object, the article and the artwork show conceptual art as art of a possible future conceptual event. The article…

“All Good Design is Critical”

This quote from Chapter 3 of Speculative Everything really stuck with me from this week’s readings, especially in the nuances hidden in the word ‘criticism’. At first glance, criticism appears to only mean ‘negative’, when truly good critique offers an alternative, in a positive, almost idealistic way. By extension, the authors noted that this concept…

“Soviet Signs and Street Relics” by Photographer Jason Guilbeau

Our readings have been very focused on the importance of the transaction between design and context, and how this relationship can give and take away a design’s meaning. Viewing these Soviet forms and monuments without the time, cultural, or spacial context leaves me trying to project meaning from my own perspective. Even more, Guilbeau takes…

The Like Button

This work by Jonathan Welsh is a commentary about the way people today communicate through symbols on social media and the effect that this has on mental health. I found this work interesting, especially since we’ve been talking about symbols and the deeper meanings they can carry. Click here to view the work.