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Over-Saturation

“Plato pointed out that writing would place us in an unfortunate position: we would read ABOUT objects and then think that we understood them; we would read ABOUT subjects and then imagine that we knew them, as if from firsthand experience.”

If Plato had any hesitations about written word, God only knows what he’d be saying about social media.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of social media, which made Emerson College Professor, Thomas Cooper’s, new book really fascinating. Fast Media, Media Fast is a book about the over saturation of media in our lives in the information age, and it proposes the concept of a Thoreau-like “Media Fast,” in which you cut out all media, some media, or certain media for a period of time.

The most striking points he makes, to me, are those that question whether original thinking is possible – what do I actually know when I can only hear myself think? Does being a constant consumer of information impact your ability to be a TRUE creator?

For young generations that are practically born with a smartphone in hand, the question is no longer how the wired world transforms self and society, but what it means that that their handheld devices ARE self and society.

I wonder if I could really take a media fast – if I could shut out as much media as could possibly be practical for a month, maybe even more. And what would I learn if I did?

The State of Design

The State of Design Festival in Australia is a huge design event that places itself at “the heart of design thinking and design activity.” The name of the festival alone got me thinking – what does the current design ecosystem mean for the definition of what design is and can be?

The state of design, from my perspective, is almost impossible to pinpoint. People are talking about design more than ever before, but what does that mean for the future? Design today is lucrative, but you’re not guaranteed to profit from your talents unless you can do it all (web, motion, print, illustration). And what does it mean that saying you’re a graphic designer immediately leads to the question “oh awesome, can you design my website?” How did those become interrelated so completely? And what does the transition of the common perception of the act of designing from a fine art to a digital communication vehicle mean for the development of ideas? If we’re breaking down categories and erasing all the boundaries of what is art, what is design and what is everything else, does that make design irrelevant or incredibly relevant in ways it never was before?
What does it mean that “designers” are no longer just artists, but “design-thinkers?” And… are they?