Visual design students today

Lists are always tricky things, and often come across as attempts to create order (or patterns) where there are non, but I thought Adrian Shaugnessy’s observations on Design Week were interesting and quite thoughtful. The one I’m most interested in is point 7;

7. Few students seem interested in web design. Most admit to being print fixated. This is a worry.

I wondered what you think about this? If this is true, I’m interested in why? In our false-dichotomy driven world, this is often presented as a choice between one or the other, as if the two were mutually exclusive, and radically different fields of expertise, rather than related on at least a few significant levels. It also limits what we might explore as ‘technology’, ‘craft’ etc by restricting it to web design (as opposed to networked design, technological artifacts etc), and seeing those things as part of an eco-system that also includes more traditional forms of communication. But there are (at GSA) unexplored and very different ways of communication design thinking/doing in the digital/networked world, and it does raise an important question about how we could do some more interesting and exploratory projects with digital, technology(s) and networked objects, and not just as a fringe concern… anyone interested in discussing further please chip in… Note to self: Do more of this. And stop rambling on.

6 Responses to “Visual design students today”


  • How about actually taking the point into consideration? You have no idea while I was studying how many people asked me about Web Design yet the answers I gave made them chicken out as it seemed complicated. NONSENSE! The fault here is enthusiasm; Web Design is a new thing and yes there are more forms of communication – but come on, join in. There is a lot of effort in Web Design as much as Print, it’s just ridiculous how a lot of art students discard it and just don’t enter the digital realm of design.

  • I don’t really understand the point being made here.

  • I think Iain has missed the point.

  • Definitely agree there are at least a few parallels between the two areas, but the technical aspects do put me off getting involved to some degree.

    With regard to technological artifacts, I think the final issue of Octavo, on CD rom, is a good example of a departure from print into digital realms. Managing to make use of the benefits of a new medium while retaining the typographic integrity which made their print work so good.

    http://www.hamishmuir.com/octavo.html

    They didn’t look for any advice on the technical side of producing the journal, and while they admit that this might have hindered it to some degree, I think doing as much as possible within your own means is a good idea. Even just as a learning curve.

  • Great link, thanks gareth.

  • Its funny looking back at this post on web design and design for print. It just shows you how things have changed.

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