Critical Design Thinking – Session 1

Monday 17th October 2016 We were introduced to the concept of the Pillars of Design Philosophy and how it effects us as illustrators and graphic designers. The list included: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, Logic, Metaphysics and Politics. Out of these pillars, we were told to choose one that interested us most and create a brainstorm using topics we were passionate about and how they fit into that particular design philosophy.

I chose Metaphysics since it sounded the most interesting to me and I love anything to do with the universe and how we perceive it. Going through it though, we found that some pillars overlapped, like mine did with ethics. I think this was say that everything we do is somehow to connected to other things, in one way or another. 

The point of thinking of these pillars was because we were going to create three pages each for a fanzine we were all going to contribute to. I learnt that a fanzine is basically a magazine that caters to one topic. For example a magazine that would cater specifically to (this is just a random idea by the way but) gay bakers. There are many different type of fanzines for many different types of people. I actually have kind of created a fanzine before without knowing it, in College (a fashion magazine specifically for Teen Tomboys) which is different to a random fashion magazine, which would be for anyone.

I didn’t settle on one idea by the end of the session but I had narrowed it down to three main words, that ultimately, linked up to describe what I wanted to say. These three words being “Open Mindedness“, “Acceptance” and “Opinion.”



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