09 November 2011

YouTube Videos

 When I was watching “Usability is No Longer Enough” I felt that Eric had an excellent point.  Designers used to have the edge when they had hardware, then software, and then usability. The new “wave” however is designing for persuasion, emotion, and trust. It is a way to differentiate from other designs. It is about convincing someone. Changing the “can do” to “will do.”  He also mentioned that usability and persuasion could sometimes conflict. Where usability will have the objective to make something simple, persuasion will say not to. Persuasion is just more than one perspective. Persuasion is important because most decisions are made emotionally, not typically logically.
This discussion about persuasion reminded me of the research I did. How important emotion is and the role it plays on affecting people.

When I was watching “WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson” it reminded me of when we had our discussion about ideas in class. Steven talks about how an idea starts as a small hunch that needs time to develop. There may need to be a collision of hunches and a need for an idea to “incubate.” The Internet may seem very overwhelming and driving everyone crazy with so much information out there, but it is more than getting information. The Internet is also a way to connect with other people. The connection helps everyone combine hunches with other people, to connect the missing piece needed to make that great idea.

“Chance favors the connected mind”

Yet another good reason why group work is an excellent way to make ideas happen and become great. I think as a class, in our discussion, we agreed with the fact that it is hard to come up with a great decision right on the spot, that we often need to be in the process of working on something when it finally clicks. One site I found that discussed a general way to find inspiration said that to find good inspiration you should search out new experiences, keep an open mind, watch your emotions, share the experience, seek out solitude, keep in mind you role models, align your actions, and follow your faith. Another site I found had a list of about fifty ways to get inspired. There are many ways to get inspired, but finding that great idea needs some developing sometimes, which is hard to grasp occasionally. 

Paul Donnelly’s Ceramic Work

I responded positively toward his pieces. Not only was I in love with his pastel color selection, but I also found it fascinating how he had this repetition of stacking. Even his plates had a layered effect. This reminds me of the picture he showed of his mother’s dinning room. Everything on that table was placed orderly and had many objects placed upon each other. Just like his the silverware, candles, plates, glasses and such were stacked neatly and cleanly so were his pieces in the show. The way the pieces were stacked reminded me of how I layer my clothes and I love layering clothing. Even the way his plates were made they have that same effect. There is a repetition of colors and textured techniques, such as lines with circles. This concept ties in with him photographing his surrounds of inspiration.

One of the other things that struck out at me was how Paul uses photography to record his “visual ideas or inspiration” in the world around him. I like the way he looks at his photos, in the most simplified way. The objects themselves seem pushed back has he looks at relationships and the negative space that is created. 
You are shaped by the world around you, the environment. So it makes sense why an artist would record and discover inspiration around them.
I tried to look up other ceramic pieces that were stacked, but did not find any other pieces that were similar to his. His stacked idea comes from his mother’s dinning room table. I find it fascinating that he is taking an idea from something he saw at special occasions with his family all throughout his life.
Thinking about this makes me wonder about myself. I notice small detail in objects when I look at them, but not to the level he has taken it. Although I am more in the design aspect of things it almost makes me wonder how I can drag over those skills.
Another concept of his that I really liked was his idea of function. He wants people to use his work, which I think is amazing because I feel that when some people make certain ceramic pieces they do not want them to be used. It seems silly to make something that can be used and just keep it on the shelf. I think I have this obsession of objects having a function because somehow I feel as though it gives it more of a purpose. Not to say that other sculptural pieces don't have a purpose of their own.