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"Why do art? Everything's been done before." [Jan. 29th, 2008|10:56 am]
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Why give hugs? Many hugs have been given before. Why fall in love?
Haven't you fallen in love before? Brushing your teeth? You did that yesterday.
Why keep living? Many lives have been lived before yours.

I believe that people, even people who haven't been formally trained as
artists or inventors or designers, have something to contribute creatively.
It pains me to hear the phrase "everything's been done before" as excuse
for why creating and making things cannot occur, rather than as inspiration. Like,
"Hey, everything's been done before! Let's think of something new! How
would my own voice be suited to express these ideas that have been used
tirelessly. How could my own interpretation contribute to the expression of this
idea?"

There's so much elitism around art school, and while it's a great platform for the
sharing of ideas, comraderie, mentoring, and collaboration, it doesn't give one
person more license than the other to create.

What's the difference between a designer who's gone to school and a designer
who hasn't gone to school?

One holds a vendetta against their alma mater and the other has shitty
typography.
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[User Picture]From: roland_deschain
2008-01-30 02:10 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more.
Art is impermanent, ever-changing,
and always in need of mediums.
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[User Picture]From: roland_deschain
2008-02-01 01:27 am (UTC)
btw did you come up with that zinger at the end?
hehe i like it.
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[User Picture]From: plasticjsus
2008-02-01 01:33 am (UTC)
'Cause. It's true. Most of what a graphic design student is paying for is coming out of school with superb typography skills. The cost - both in brutality of education, and financial - is enough to make any design student embittered for a prolonged period of time after graduation. You talk to other post-grads like you're at an AA meeting.

"Hi, my name is ______, and I *shudder* endured Graphic Design thesis."

lol.
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