August2013


Raising the bar on environmental change

Posted on August 5th, by Liz Throop in ⠿ DESIGN. No Comments

We are constantly urged to do “ten simple things to save the earth,” when in fact the earth will not be saved simply. There is a grave danger in allowing incremental change to lull us into feeling satisfied about our behavior toward the planet.

That paragon of incremental change, the reusable shopping bag, has been overdue for a sendup, and my image has been picked up on numerous environmental and lifestyle websites. While sales of the actual bag on Zazzle.com have been modest, I don’t mind. If producing one of these bags has half the environmental impact of making a tshirt, that would amount to using five ounces of pesticides,  350 liters of water, and creating 3.5 pounds of CO2!


Ancillary motives

Posted on August 5th, by Liz Throop in ⠿ BLOG, ⠿ DESIGN. No Comments

We never do anything for just one reason, and Populational is proving to be a very interesting project in the realm of design research. Visual memes have evolved quickly, and there is little to be found on how the visuals operate. There’s a good bit online about how visual memes should be launched or circulated on various social media sites, and that one should make memes fun and catchy – but not much beyond that.

Describing best practices will be challenging in a field so driven by whim and fashion, but stay tuned!


Real and virtual tagging

Posted on August 4th, by Liz Throop in ⠿ BLOG, ⠿ DESIGN. No Comments

 

What began as a tagging, stenciling, and stickering campaign evolved into a tagging, documenting, and retouching effort. From there is was a short move to a full-fledged online campaign consisting largely of memes. The ease and speed of social media; the ability to share images without defacing the property of others; the widespread dissemination, and the growing popularity of memes made the spray paint seem surprisingly … inauthentic. I decided to create images to suggest to the others what they COULD do to trash piles, were they so inclined. Yet it seems taggers see the practice of virtual tagging as cheating in some way, and it is certainly far more convenient to not have to buy spray paint/scale walls, etc. and just work in Photoshop. I’m curious if others see the practice as a logical evolution, something devious, or both.





Just an observation …

Ancillary motives

We never do anything for just one reason, and Populational is proving to be a very interesting project in the realm of design research....

Real and virtual tagging

 

What began as a tagging, stenciling, and stickering campaign evolved into a tagging, documenting, and retouching effort. From there is was a short move...

Linking our desires the actions we must take

Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu made some profound observations about social class in France based on extensive field research. Of course most of us don’t care...