As someone who thinks everything is an act of design and can benefit from the perspective of a designer, I find it hard to explain any one thing’s relevance to the field of design. It seems self-serving. Shouldn’t I be explaining how design is relevant to said thing and not the other way around? I think I’m tired of writings to designers about design. If I wanted to be an enclosed subculture, I would have continued to pursue being an artist.
“There’s this Pollyannaish notion that the most important thing to do when working together is stay positive and get along, to not hurt anyone’s feelings…Well, that’s just wrong. Maybe debate is going to be less pleasant, but it will always be more productive. True creativity requires some trade-offs.”—Charlan Nemeth Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkele
This enemy of ours is not just Wall Street, it’s the whole culture. It’s a way of looking at us and valuing ourselves in each other. And how you are going to move beyond challenging Wall Street … how you’re going to move to become part of the solution…
You begin with a demonstration. You begin with a protest. But you have to move on from there, and that’s what I see happening now with [the Metamovement]. The people are rightfully, righteously protesting the corporations and the domination of the culture by the corporations and the suffering that that is inducing. But out of the protests they have to move to another stage.
You have to begin doing something that doesn’t depend on exposing the “enemy”. You have to begin becoming the solution yourself instead of just protesting and challenging the enemy. We need people to be reinventing the institutions in our society: Reinventing work, so that we don’t think that having a job and being able to pay the bills is what being a human being is all about. And reinventing education, so that our young people are able to see themselves as part of the rebuilding of our society.
So many of the institutions of our society need reinventing, need re-thinking, and you [the Metamovement] need to do that. You cannot be satisfied with rebelling. You have to be aware that we are at one of the turning points in history where we need revolution, and revolution means reinventing culture.
SNAIL MAIL MY EMAIL is a month-long (July 15 - August 15), interactive art project by which seeks to both share the warm-fuzzy feeling of receiving a personalized letter as well as inspire people to send their own snail mail. Anyone with internet access can partake by simply sending an email, afterwhich the very same message will be handwritten and physically mailed to the chosen recipient anywhere in the world, completely free of charge.Ivan Cash
In a culture overrun with instant gratification and on-demand services, this project cultivates appreciation for the lost art of letter writing.
“The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind — computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind — creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers.”
As of recently, this topic has been in the forefront of my thoughts. Raised in a business-driven environment while personally inclined to art and design has influenced how I look at problems and where I’m willing to go to find solutions. Though I am sure my nurture has impacted my thought-process, I often wonder how much the nature of being simultaneously left and right brained is innate rather than learned. Techniques can be taught to explore different problem-solving avenues, but can a creative analytical mind be taught? The same question can be asked about curiosity and passion.
Regardless, I am very comfortable with a future where my like-minded peers are highly valued.
“And if you think that you’re too busy too do something, I want to talk to you about what busy means. I think busy is a four letter word. I think busy is never about busy in the same way that sex is never about sex and money is never about money. Busy is a way of organizing your priorities. And we USE being busy or THINKING that we are busy as a reason not to do something that we really want to do. If you’re not doing something that you really want to do, then you don’t really want to do it. If you really want to do something, you will find the time to do it. So be honest with yourself; if you’re not doing something that you tell yourself that you want to be doing, it means that you don’t want to be doing it. So figure out either how to do it, or what to do instead.”—Debbie Millman, Creative Mornings: New York