Digital Media: Abstract design

In my third year of University, I took a Design course as an elective. I hated it. It was all so subjective, and just didn't make sense...

In my third year of University, I took a Design course as an elective. I hated it. It was all so subjective, and just didn't make sense. It was then that I fully realized that I was never meant to go into a traditional arts program. I was too "controlled" and needed to "let go" and stop thinking about it and go with my primal instinct of what looks good -as if humans all have the same aesthetic and inborn sense of what makes something attractive. We probably do, but we're not exactly hummingbirds or bees that are attracted by bright colours and the Fibonacci sequence. The Golden Ratio may have some scientific and mathematical definition of attractiveness to it, but it's ridiculous how artistic abstraction is both a bunch of rules created by our congenital perception of what is visual appealing, and at the same time it's "letting go". What a load of bull.

A lot can be said about this particular Design course, and how I didn't entirely enjoy it, but I did appreciate this one activity we did because it reminded me of being in a kindergarten class and just mucking around with cut-and-paste arts and crafts. I might've understood the whole "letting go" part even if only a little bit. I still kept coming back to my directives. I like order. I like knowing that there are rules, because then I know what to work with and what to take advantage of.

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  1. This looks like it would've been fun, haha, I like the third one!

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  2. Totes get you with the whole letting go thing. What I hate though is that we`re all subjected to what we think is beautiful and ugly. And since art is associated with creating something beautiful, I feel like I SHOULD be making beautiful pieces. Otherwise, it`ll just look like trash to others. And I think that`s what`s really blocking us from really letting go with art and just expressing ourselves.

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