So, two of my (four) siblings are insanely talented visual artists.
Which is why, when I have an assignment for Night School that involves design — which, these days, is f*cking ALL of them, btw, b/c “Visual Communication & Multimedia* — I cringe.
And then, after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I turn in $#!+ like this:
This assignment is called “Design Without a Word,” for which students must create a website for a company, organization, or brand without using language OR recognizable logos and shapes.
What am I supposed to learn from this exercise? Probably something like “in today’s visual society, the effective use of color, shape, and typography are essential to successfully communicating one’s message…” (or suchlike.)
And what have I actually learned?
1.) If I needed a website designed, I would not hire me; I would hire someone else, someone good.
2.) You truly do get what you pay for, and I really wish I could afford to pay for real software like Adobe Creative Suite, instead of having to rely on Google Crap Shoot. No one should have access to a font called “Tangerine.” Not ever.