Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.
– Dr. Seuss. Wise Man
We have no singular mountain to climb just unexpected intersections to find…
Designers are like filtering systems with hearts.
As the role of the designer continues to shift, so too must design education. In this short article, the great design legend Neville Brody discusses how and why he’s refocusing the intentions at the Royal College of Art in London. Short snippet below. Thanks to DJ for the link. Read on:
"My remit at the RCA is not to create artifacts. It’s to create skilled, dangerous minds. Our objective is to create individuals who will lead and create industry and society. Design is about everything. It might be that someone will leave our school and start creating government strategy. We’re changing the education system within my school to be more critical thinking and research based, but with a much bigger opportunity to look at de-conditioning and coming out with a sense of ability and self-direction, to be lateral and look at new possibilities. So it’s a shift away from the idea of being craft based to producing mavericks.
We are post-disciplinary. Everything’s hybrid.”
Design = Ass + Chair
—The Wonderful, the Great…Truman Capote
Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.
– Paul Graham, How to Do What You Love.