I Know, Now
I realized today that I know what I don’t know much more clearly than I know what I know. This is why I’m obsessed with learning (my trajectory points me that way) and why I’m completely unaware of my own specific strengths. This is also why I’m so bad at selling myself in interviews. Guys, interviews are the worst.
You're majoring in a 5,000 year old dead language?
I’ve started to nail down my Masters thesis project, amidst many PCU jokes that I mostly just made to myself. I synthesized all my ideas and all the input I got from others into the chart below in order to facilitate better communication with potential collaborators and advisors. Making synthesis products, as I’ve been calling them, has become my new favorite activity. Only now,...
Books, Sites, Goals
Second semester is just around the corner, so a quick update on what I’ve been up to. Given that I’m incapable of being happy unless I’m busy, I decided to use my month-long break between semesters to better myself, or whatever. Goals: get better at drawing, read some design classics, and make my portfolio. I knocked out my portfolio first, it’s at shrzd.com if...
Things I've learned in design school
I’ve been in grad school for less than two months, and I’ve learned that there are two types of learning. There’s the kind that augments an existing framework in your brain, building out on scaffolding your previous experiences created, and then there’s the weirder kind - the kind that builds a new little nest inside your head, and thus gives home to a whole collection of...
Five Second Countdown, 2012 I’ve been learning flash and video editing for school (how weird, saying “for school”), and it’s been a blast so far. This simple 11 second video is the first of hopefully many!
On ladyblogging and disagreement
Finally catching up on my reading, and the best thing I’ve read so far is this: Molly Fischer, On Ladyblogs. I rarely read so-called ladyblogs. I think the Hairpin, to take the same specific example used by Ms. Fischer, is largely condescending, repulsively phony, and offensively self-congratulatory. I don’t read non-ladyblogs often either. I think blogging has devolved into a giant...
The internet is my subconscious
You know all those alarmist articles about data mining and our status as a collection of likes and dislikes ready to be massaged into a mindless advertising-driven monetary stream? The internet knows you better than you know yourself. Here is a semi-random selection of 3+ years of my Twitter “favorites” clearly revealing that I think being a human being on the internet is fraught with...
What tweet is that, flashing, subliminally, behind the others? In exactly 140...– Please RT, from N+1 (via emilygould) This quote - sharp, revealing and concise - captures everything I love about Twitter… and with what it says, it captures everything I hate about the social internet. I started blogging when that meant updating a notepad file with HTML and text, so I went...
The electricity rushed down the sword, inside my skull, made my hair stand up...– I’m torn up over the passing of Ray Bradbury, more than I realized I would be. This man was a hero to me in so many ways I find difficult to articulate. Maybe when I’m done reading Dewey’s Art as Experience I’ll be better at “expression”, but for now I’ll be...
Finally bought a portable audio recording device. Feel like the whole world just opened up again.
emilygould: I’m a fan, personally, of art that sucks at marketing itself, that doesn’t have a cute backstory or a built-in “platform,” that is not cuddly or “adorkable” and doesn’t immediately lend itself to a hierarchy of “rewards” for “backers,” that is antisocial and prickly and deeply strange. So the trend towards crowdsourced funding for exactly the opposite kind of art leaves me cold. ...
The problem of the artist is to defamiliarize the ordinary.– Paul Rand, from A Designer’s Art
…works of art are the most intimate and energetic means of aiding...– -John Dewey, from his book Art as Experience. There are a lot of experiences in the world, and I am stingy with my attention. In most cases, I appreciate/dismiss through a brief overview; If I find no deeply compelling reason to dive in, I move on. I’m impressionable, so this draconian...
After months of nail biting and anxiety, I finally heard back: I’ve been accepted into my first choice graduate program for an MDes in Interaction Design. A decade ago I swore I would never go back to school, but here I am. I’ve been working on a photobook and associated gallery show, and it’s occurring to me now that it might be prudent to “finish” this project...
Here is that Joel Meyerowitz quote, largely for my own future reference since I can’t find it on the internet: What are we all trying to get to in the making of anything? We’re trying to get to ourselves. What I want is more of my feelings and less of my thoughts. I want to be clear. I see the photograph as a piece of experience itself. It exists in the world. It is not a comment on...
A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail...– If you care about language and need something to keep you occupied over the weekend, I recommend “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell, 1946. Or I guess you could actually communicate with people. I don’t know.
Chances Are, You Suck
There’s nothing wrong with not being any good at photography. Everybody started out bad and none of us does all aspects of it well. But it’s a crying shame to want to be good at it, to spend time and money trying to be good at it, and not getting any better. This isn’t like teaching a child to read. Positive reinforcement is your enemy. Your Facebook friends, your Twitter...
Liver, 2012. Horrible video rendition of an animated gif. Do you ever look at a timer or clock and think about how you’re literally watching your life tick away? Literally coming that much closer to death? I’m pretty cheery, pretty well-adjusted, but almost every day, from approximately 3:00pm to approximately 4:00pm, this is what I do.
"You have such a nice camera!"
I watched a photography tutorial once, I don’t remember what it was, that ended with a particularly satisfying joke. It went something like this: Master all of this, and you’ll earn the ultimate compliment from people who see your work: “Wow, you must have a really nice camera!” People think, for some reason, that this is a response that makes sense. If you’ve done...
With me, I just don’t understand why I should do what people tell me to...– Marjane Satrapi, on freedom, creation, and not being a rebel. A total must-read. I love this woman’s brain.
I think you’re too closely aligning your work with its explanation…...– From my sister, needsmoresalt. I suspect that she’s right. The truth is, I don’t have a lot of opportunity to talk about my process in real life. Given the opportunity to indulge, in the semi-anonymous space of a blank text box, it’s hard to resist.