Sep '06 - Oct '07
So today we had our first pinup review. It was okay- i purposely felt and acted unprepared- not quite ready to give a show of things. I heard the trick is to have a lot of ideas, hide your work, then smash the competition towards the end. Generally it's a good technique, if you know where you're going with things. One of my best friends from childhood who went to UPenn architecture, (and is now getting her license) told me she had a bunch of friends from Turkey who were akin to this notion. They said, "Do a lot of work- then HIDE IT." When it comes to the final review, your teacher is so anxious that you didn't develop an idea, that you didnt' "get it" that when you show it all they are aghast. I know this works, and have seen it in action. It's good to take breaks. Long breaks, and walks around the park, mulling about things alone. Good things happen from leisure time alone.
My studio is filled with great people. There are also not so great people, and I have to admit that the Queen of Unconstructive Criticism is in my studio this year. It kind of sucks because I feel like we're all up there, under the gun, and design is about helping eachother (I believe in the Knowledge Economy) and when others make comments for ego-sake, or for whatever-sake, that's not trying to help fellow design collegues, you are in school for another reason.
It's true that designers steal ideas from others- to not do so is to be oblivious to the conversation that is happening in your age and generation. Nobody has 'original ideas', they are all developed from your own cultural bias. That's okay. That's how designers work. But i find it very problemmatic when people claim 'originality' and therefore build themselves and their ideas up on a pedestal that others cannot reach. ie. Elitists.
I happen to come from a school that is called Elitist all the time. While I do not like that association, I do notice that the more theoretical stuff I learned back in 99 gets pleasantly dirty as the years go by. I have learned to step down from the ivy league pedestal, and hate it generally, all the while making fun of those who stand up and tilt their dresses ever so slightly, to show off a little leg because they're wearinig stilleto white heels out of season. there's different levels to that- because the ivy league as well shares the same mechanism, of wearing those stilletos. they may not be quite as apparent as the actual ones, but they serve the same purpose. to basically prostitute yourself and think you're great and sexy, all at the same time, while ignoring any constructive way of changing the world of design and architecture.
ok that's all for now. till the next review.