Constellation:- Entropy, Ecology and Modernity (Reflecting)

Looking back at term two, I feel I have learnt a lot studying entropy, ecology and modernity. I really enjoyed being taught about order and disorder with entropy, formulating the basis of a reunion between creative artists and the industrial world. I also found spectacle versus ecology quite fascinating, learning how some believe ecology is not important as long as the outcome is spectacular. In my opinion, I see ecology very important in art and design and believe the term ‘Hidden Ugliness,’ should be considered when creating all pieces of work.

From writing my essay, I now realise how much information you can receive from a piece of artwork, visualising each aspect in great detail. In each session I found it very refreshing, listening to everyone’s different perceptions of artwork, especially my tutor Morag. I have learnt to look at art in many different ways, not just thinking about the aesthetics but what the artist is trying to tell you, finding hidden messages and meanings. Recongnising art in this fashion makes the process a lot more engaging.


Creative Thinking Techniques

To help us with our idea generation for the project, Ian, one of our tutors gave us some techniques-

-Mind mapping

-Six thinking hats


-Lotus Blossom

-Classic Brainstorming

-The checklist (Five W and H)

-Lateral thinking

-Metaphorical thinking

-Random word

In groups we had to present each technique, showing how they work and why they are effective. My group was given brainstorming: Brainstorming is a group or individual creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its members.

My favourite technique is metaphorical thinking where you us comparisons to express ideas and solve problems. A direct comparison between two unrelated or indirectly linked things is called a metaphor. Here we can use the metaphor to explain an idea, which I think is very clever. For example ‘No one grows ketchup like Heinz.’

Project 8:- Journey

For this project, the brief is to create a piece of work that demonstrates and embodies what we have learnt this year. The final outcome may be in any format, as long as it is a personal, content rich demonstration of what we have learnt. We need to think of it as a visual map or story of our own personal journey this year. Questions we could ask ourselves are-

Where have you been? What have you done? What have you learnt?

When having a tutorial discussing our first year, I came up with the idea of creating something that changed peoples views of graphic design, and not just thinking, “Graphics is just art on the computer.”

If I was going to go off this idea, I realise that I have to focus a lot on the audience, who could be upcoming students who cant decide if they think this course is the right one for them, or outsiders who consider graphics as w waste of time, seeing it as just a ‘hobby’ where you cant get anything out of it. WRONG.

As well as focusing on the audience I still had to show MY journey, making it personal to me, but still trying to get a message across. Over the course of the next few weeks I will need to find a way to do this…

Constellation:- Entropy, Ecology and Modernity (session 7)

Coming close to the end of our first year of constellation and coming near to our essay, we were asked to choose a piece of artwork and explore is visually. We had to consider it’s relationship to energy, wealth and power. For example we had to show how energy, wealth and power was involved in its production as well as its display. As well as this, we had to see what depiction of energy, wealth and power it shows.

I(L)- “Nobody likes me”- Vancouver, Canada

This piece of work shows a young child desperate of getting some Facebook likes, symbolizing the impact of social media on kids nowadays.

This particular piece I feel is very powerful as it shows how much social media can effect an individuals confidence, causing things such as depression, anxiety and lack of motivation. This can then lead to things such as bullying. It also shows how, not only teenagers, but very young children have started to get too attached to social media, this effecting their physical life.

All their energy is put into a little device instead of going out to play. Kids these days put so much energy into social media, always wanting to know whats going on, thriving on how many followers they have, or how many likes they get on a photo. In today’s society, children would rather use up the energy of a mobile phone rather than their own.

This shows a lack of wealth due to unhappiness, as well as a lack of abundance. No likes, very few friends, ‘FML’.

       ‘Hidden Ugliness’

As well as our presentation, this session we looked at the term hidden ugliness which is the the hidden facts behind the otherwise beautiful looking product. For example, wood material that has been illegally logged and processed by child laborers. We need to think ethically about our products, using ‘Virgin’ materials, saving the ENVIRONMENT.