design reflection

I want to start out this reflection by saying this book and blog post were both beautifully designed (no pun intended). I especially loved the blog post reading, it was so nice and easy to follow.

After reading Vignelli Canon’s book, I put way more thought into my designs than I would of if I hadn’t read it beforehand. Instead of just trying to do them to get them over with for the class and rushing to get it done by midnight, I thought about semantics, syntactic and pragmatics specifically. What message, what semantics, am I trying to put through this work? What about the details, the syntactics? I realized that the details of the designs I’m creating are just as important as the overall picture, and I tried to make sure what ever message I was trying to convey doesn’t get lost (pragmatics). I thought this was super interesting because it made me think: I may understand something, based on my point of view, but everyone is different, so how can I make sure to be understood?

I also really liked what he said about visual power – even something very simple and plain can be visually powerful, which I thought at first contradicts itself, but it’s all about how you use those design elements (even if they are simple), which is what can make it powerful.

From the Brain Pickings post, I mainly realized how blind I am to the design that’s all around me. I read: “Everything that is not made my nature is designed by someone”, and I looked up from my computer screen, and looked around at the different objects in my room – from my backpack, to my mini fridge, to the candle on my desk….it was a sort of a weird revelation.

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