Graphic Design: Do you notice the level of design you encounter everyday?

The world around us was built by others to make us act a certain way.

As a designer, that awareness is my entire job. Notice your computer interface, your smartphone app, the very cities and buildings you are in. They were built by others to subtly push you in various directions.

The shape of paper stacked and glued together is a human-made design that hints to you that this is a book to be read. Shapes on the cover arranged a certain way appeal to past patterns you’ve learned enticing you to read it.

A narrow cylinder with an open top, solid bottom and curved exterior ornamentation makes you think you to put liquid in it.

The magic of design is that its subtle hypnosis. I place shapes on the page and you see images, new versions of your life, and change yourself.

Most of the designers of our world died long ago in obscurity. They placed lines in our cities that control the way you walk. They encouraged customs that you blindly follow with no grasp on why.

Every moment you spend indoors or in a city, in a country or in the world, you’re in an entirely false environment. It’s a virtual reality. Man-made signs, roads, and contraptions certainly brought you there.

Do you ever stop and think of the grand design of a human-made world?

Previous Post

“Don’t let that blind you to the realities of the things he says or does. Sometimes when somebody we love does something wrong, it’s so difficult to hold those two images in our head at once.” Mallory Ortberg

“Don’t let that blind you to the realities of the things he says or does. Sometimes when somebody we love does something wrong, it’s so difficult to hold those two images in our head at once. We find a way to resolve them and we say ’That’s not the real him, the best version of himself is this other person. That’s the real him.’ Your brother is the things he says he does. That’s not all of him, but that’s part of him.” Mallory Ortberg Source: Dear Prudence - Dear Prudence: The “Not Unconditional Love” Edition

Next Post

“You can change focus instantly. Start noticing what you’re noticing. You have more to do with setting up than you realize.” David Allen

"There’s all kinds of data. How well is this room constructed? Who's wearing glasses? How many men and women are in this room? What’s the makeup of the population of this room? "You just haven’t noticed even tho it’s right here. Unless of course, you’re into building construction. Or you’re an optometrist. Or into affirmative action. "In which case you wonder why everyone around you hadn’t noticed something that is very relevant to you. “What is it that creates relevance? Relevance has to do with focus. If you focus on eyeglasses, these things kind of pop out. “You can change ... Read more

Also on:
I'm a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

Leave a Reply