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Poch Peralta

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Are Computers Destroying Design?

Was Milton Glaser right about that?
I'm still unsure if that's the case. What I'm sure of is computers and modern tech are robbing designers of jobs. And because of that, I wish Glaser is right lol

'In the end, however, we need less to learn about how to make the software work and more about how to make design work!

'I was a student of some incredible designers, but Milton Glaser, whose course I admittedly never finished, still stands out in my mind. He was not a proponent of computers for design and while we young designers using computers with Photoshop 1.5 (2.0 had LAYERS!) were confused by his dislike of computers, reasoning they were faster and cheaper for design production, he stood fast. It caused us to suspect his teaching was obsolete. I hope Milton forgives me for that statement as I was young and foolish.

'Years later I was reading a blog rant where some designer was blasting Glaser for saying something about the computer being to design as a microwave is to gourmet cooking. Ah-HA! That’s when it hit me. Milton, more mumbling about his dislike of computers, truly saw the future of design. He just didn’t put it in a way that made sense. A quote with a moral or haiku would have been nice!...'


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    Feb 1 2014: Designing is still a very loose concept missing the most fundamental laws that govern our very perceptions, especially perception of sight.

    In schools there is not a clue about how our minds work when we perceive our reality and why we instinctivelly obey these nature's laws. It is much easier for our eyes to see the whole design as a coherent Composition in which more important features are more obviouse than the rest. To hide many features/info that are also important in the process (sometimes the designers hide On/Off switch very well for a "slick" looks) create anger among busy users..

    Elementary knowledge of designing and its important rules are missing in all schools.

    The artistic or creative part in designing these days, is just a matter of a bad fashion, poor taste, no sense of composition. However, fashions "produce" a lot of crazy, artificial excitement, therefore, lots of following imitators.

    A real artist probably would not go for "computing art masterpieces" because it offers an extremely limited method regarding textures, colors etc and these are Commercially made-up already.

    Hopefully some day technology will begin to study and descover human laws of natural perceiving, Before manufacturing millions of gadgets with constantly jumping and sparkling images..
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      Feb 1 2014: 'Elementary knowledge of designing and its important rules are missing in all schools.'
      I'm not sure if I experienced that in my college of art but I was surprised more than a decade later
      that the computer school I attended was guilty of that. It didn't even teach us the sizes of bytes!

      'Hopefully some day technology will begin to study and discover human laws of natural perceiving,...'
      If Tech could do more difficult things, I don't see why tech engineers can't do that.
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        Feb 1 2014: Hey Poch. Good to hear from you.

        The laws of nature that govern our very perceptions are not really discovered yet, as laws. However, Talented artists are following these instinctively, for ages.

        Let me put these together my way. Every mind must Compare, Select what seems important, put the rest of images on a background, and create a Composition. We have to make sure that our Focus is concentrated on the most important "spot". The laws of perceptions is a large part of my unusual research (it is about to be publish this year.

        The "rules" of painting on canvas are revealed in classical art, but these never were noticed as our basic laws of perceiving. If our miinds cannot follow these laws (instinctivelly or consciously) we see Nothing and sense Nothing.

        I keep working on these discoveries on our perceptions day-and-night, and for many years.
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          Feb 2 2014: 'If our minds cannot follow these laws (instinctivelly or consciously) we see Nothing and sense Nothing.'

          That seems to prove that something only becomes real when two persons agree it exists.

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