A PIECE OF SOUND ADVICE + A SINGLE WARNING TO A DESIGN STUDENT
Sketch, sketch, sketch + Don’t fall in love with your ideas
FAVOURITE FOOD THEN
Good home-made food
YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION THEN
YEAR OF PROJECT
STUDENT PROJECT BRIEF
As part of a year-long graduation project, we were meant to identify a need or issue and propose a solution. The brief I set for myself was to shed some light on the reasons behind the impending collapse of wild salmon stocks on the western coast of Canada. Title of work: Spirit in the Water.
Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver (Canada)
Pen and paper, Macromedia Director
WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?
I still think the concept is strong.
WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT IT?
I would design it differently.
It is one of the most memorable ‘aha!’ moments of my student life. I would say I learned the meaning of concept while working on that project. What you might call the ‘penny dropping’.
Mostly positive due to the use of technology and the ties between native folklore and scientific reality.
PROJECT SIMILARITIES THEN AND NOW
Both display a desire to balance concept/idea and craft/materials. I still believe that strong ideas can be rendered beautifully and that this combination is the most desirable. This is not an original thought, but nevertheless it’s one that fuels my approach to design. When I further develop my processes and technical abilities, the work steadily improves and remains fulfilling.