Sunday, May 1, 2011

Laws that choke creativity

One of the main laws addressed was that of land and property and where the line was going to be drawn, especially with the invention of aircrafts. How much upward does the law of property extend to?

Also the control of spreading context across the land and the freedom that airwaves would provide to businesses to spread their information to the masses.

Larry Lessig more addresse the issue of "ASCAP cartels" and also the issue of copyrighted content using the the example of AMVs and using digital technologies and also the permission to use what's readily available in pop culture. However, we see that these "cartels" slam the law on anyone who uses this content without permission. However, on the other side, we have a generation that chooses to ignore and/or rebel against these copyrighted materials. Larry Lessign adresses that both these extreme sides are wrong and strives to find a happy medium.

Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman is president of AIGA and chair of SVA's master program in branding (Oy sweet Abraham). Debbie Millman is in charge of Design Matters which is a show where she interviews designers.

Notes on interview with Ed Fella:

40 seconds in: "I'm the kind of person who thinks everything is my fault." .... wut.
4:40 - "Self perception is the illusion of the ego" Troof.

This was the main part I found interesting, unfortunately for the whole interview. It reflects on the self and how that may influence your design. Are you comfortable enough in your own skin to be comfortable enough with your own designs?

Also what I liked about the interview was at the 21 minute mark was the question of design influence by the geography of the designer. Not only the environmental, but the social. It also brought up the question of taste and what the hell good design actually is. I mean, almost everything is arbitrary.

Good is... heh

This website called is kind of awesome actually. The motion videos seem to be on point. The infographics are outstanding. They're informative and very nice to look at from a design standard of course. Using design to be an activist is quite the feat in my opinion. You utilize your skills of something you like to do with something that you are passionate about.

Journal no 8

Two fonts similar to Futura are Avenir and Neutraface.


"This, in my opinion, is true because it maintains Futura’s geometric construction, normalizes its quirks and expands its width offering."

Avenir seems like Futura at a quick glance, however the apexes are less... aggressive (?) which can make the font more usable in signage and kind of takes away from that 1950s look


Design Daily states that this typeface comes in more variety making it a better choice, especially since the readability is a little better. Can it be used as body text? Probably not, however that's typical with most sans serif typefaces. However, it makes a kick ass headliner font.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Typeface

1. Because it works
2. Because you like its history
3. Because you like its name (eff that)
4. Because of who designed it
5. Because it was there (why the hell not?)
6. Because they made you
7. Because it reminds you of something
8. Because it's beautiful
9. Because it's ugly (rock on)
10. Because it's boring
11. Because it's special
12. Because you believe in it (viva la revolucion)
13. Because you can't not (Helvetica anyone?)

I find a lot of these reasons interesting and I wrote comments on the ones I found the most intriguing.

"Because you like the name"

I wrote "eff that" because if I find typeface ugly, I don't care what the name is. It's just like if I find a hideous shirt in my roommates closet and if she exclaims "Well, it's Gucci!" I'm most likely going to say she should get her money back if it's completely heinous.

"Because it was there"

As there are certain typefaces universally agreed to be superior from all the hundred thousand fonts, you do need explore other options. If you find a great typeface that WORKS and it happens to be out of the list of approved fonts (no offense to you, Andrea) then freaking use it!

"Because it's ugly"

I found this reason interesting as this is the epitome of punk design. However, it still has to work of course or not work for the right reasons. Feel me?

"Because you believe in it"

The best example of this I find is the use of Papyrus. I really HATE Papyrus, as do most graphic designers. I think it's hideous, has absolutely no function, and is just a cop out of doing your own handwritten type. HOWEVER, I find people who will defend this font until death. And hell, it worked. Avatar anyone?

"Because you can't not"

In human nature, there is this thing we emphasize called tradition. As there are holiday traditions, there are fonts used because of tradition. For example, Helvetica is something most, if not all designers will use in their lifetime. Sometimes you don't even know why you find yourself using it, you just do.