busy bee

it’s been a while since i have had a chance to sit down and write. i have been extremely busy with school. with the semester winding down, i am contemplating on all the cool things i learned. in my history of design class, i encountered the writings of victor papnek. you should google him. he’s pretty rad. i have found that when it comes to consumerism, he and i are on the same page.

lately i have become disgusted with the amount of things i have consumed over the last couple years. so much stuff, and no room to place it, so what do i do with it? discard it? have a garage sale? donate it? if i didn’t consume quit as much in the first place i wouldn’t have this problem.

in papanek’s book, design for the real world he makes this statement, and it has stuck with me.

“Advertising design, in persuading people to buy things they don’t need, with money they don’t have, in order to impress people who don’t care, is probably the phoniest field in existence today. Industrial design,  by concocting the tawdry idiocies hawked by advertisers, comes a close second.”

he’s got some pretty radical thinking, but also some very justified opinions.

check out this flow chart from his book.

he wrote this book in the early seventies i think, so about 40 yrs ago, and his ideas are still totally right on. im glad to have discovered him this semester.




~ by catlady1027meow on April 19, 2010.

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