Graphic Design is dead (The sequel):
Fight the System, the design system! (inspired by the one and only Admin N)
By Admin I : Sometimes you just sit around to analyze your current condition as an aspiring Lebanese graphic designer, and maaaan it’s shitty!
What are we supposed to do in a place where design is drastically split between cheap technical ‘matbaajiyeh’ and obnoxious design thinkers? How much can we survive crawling in the mud before ending up in one of these two categories?!
I might not have enough experience to make such assumptions (I’m not an art director living on pills just yet), but who wants to be a part of a community that functions on an addictive daily dose of bullshit; of people forcing their own brains to think that a logo or a stupid typographic composition can really make a change and that we are problem solvers and visual communicators?! Well, no. We sadly are victims of our own egos and a bunch of digits that make us go all the way from Swiss to Arabesque to please a client that probably knows nothing about what we do, and why we’re doing it.
Decorators (also known as interior designers) are not much better; while mixing furniture with tile choices can be claimed to end world hunger, a wrong choice of curtains can really be as devastating as 9/11.
Product Steve-Jobbers, are also problem solvers in their own perspective! In 2012, a microscopic device can take pictures, give you the best tan ever and can also be made into a chair, a very ergonomic one!
Let’s just wake up you guys; design has always been there to ameliorate visual nuances in people’s lives, just nuances, it was never a need, there was never a problem to solve and no ‘design thinking’ excuse to hide the fact that you cannot function aesthetically.
What’s irritating the most is that you spend time, money and energy on something that you lose whenever you reach its core. What’s more irritating is that it makes you consciously analytical, to the extent of looking for alternatives, for escapism in the new sense of the term, where you work to find new definitions, something that probably sounds like ephilectrotopology design (doesn’t exist, don’t google) just to say that you’re not just like the others.
Fight the System, the design system.
Fight bullshit because it’s demeaning to what you do,
Fight decorators because they shouldn’t exist,
Fight product designers because they’re a bunch of capitalist wannabes,
Fight ad-men because they’re a bunch of hypocrites, rich hyper-sexual ones.
And keep on fighting!