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“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers”
~Carl Sagan

1: Create a Blog on blogger.com, tumblr.com or another service of your choice.

Give your blog a descriptive title that suggests either web or design or curiosity or your personality or all of them at once.

2: Share the URL of your blog with me and the rest of the class.

Without access to the blog, I obviously can't give you credit.

3: Start posting web or design related posts to your site.

Post links to websites, articles, images or videos, ( videos preferably from Vimeo, but YouTube if you must) Remember that design in not just a visual field. Design has social, psychological and economic influences and effects. Sensemaking, and Meaning are not limited to the field or process of design, so articles about social, technological, scientific or geopolitical events may be posted as well.

4: Get college credit this semester just for looking at and thinking critically about stuff!

1 point for every image , site URL , motion design piece, article or presentation video (up to 5 per week)
2 points for each concise critical comment about a design or article. (up to 3 per week)

Points will be tallied every Thursday at the beginning of class.

Goals:

Post URLs and/or images of Five (5) designs, articles, presentations or motion pieces per week.

That’s less than one design per day. The designs may be websites, or packaging designs, or book covers or posters or any kind of design at all, but you should vie at least 3 new websites per week. The sites you find can be examples of good or bad designs, but share your thoughts about WHAT makes each design good or bad or both. Post the url's on your Blog.

Post at least Three (3) critical responses per week.

These can be as short or long as you want, but be thoughtful in your agreement or disagreement, and ideally, support your argument with examples.

What Do you mean by “critical response”?

First of all, I mean thoughtful writing. Second, I agree with the current definition on Wikipedia: Critical Thinking is the process of questioning assumptions. It is a way of deciding whether a claim is true, false; sometimes true, or partly true. In regards to design, critical thinking is a little bit WHAT we believe is or is not “working” in a composition. But it’s mostly WHY we believe it is or isn’t working. What do we think is good about it? What is bad about it? And always, always, always...Why?

How about a few examples?

Great idea! The examples below are taken from the comment section of ted.com, in response to the presentation “Schools Kill Creativity” by sir Ken Robinson:

Examples of Critical Thought:

“Sir Ken draws a lovely link between protecting creativity and nurturing critical thinking. ‘If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with something original’ is not just a message for artists —perhaps his message will lead the revolution against humorless, fear-based ‘managing’ of people”

“While this is really well presented it rings hollow. Creativity is great but well informed creativity is vastly more important. Ken seems to imply a choice here when education is striving to achieve both competence and creativity.”

“When we decide there are ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to do things, we immediately restrict creativity. Creativity comes from freedom. What would it look like if we really taught ‘no boundaries’ thinking in school?”

Examples of NØT Critical Thought:

“I do agree when i read an headlines saying , A school teacher was stabbed to death by an 11 year old kid."

“Just amazing. We should all remember this, and try to embed it in our principles. The world needs rebels like sir Ken."

“Brilliant - a serious talk that makes my students laugh out loud (better than ‘Whatever’!)."

“From now on, when people ask me why I homeschool, I will have them watch Sir Robinson’s talk, and say simply ‘This is why.’”

“And how should I begin?”

Well if you’re feeling really adventurous and literary, the title above this paragraph is a line from a famous poem. Which poem? What—according to that poem—does “a minute” contain enough time for? And what do you think that means? (Free slinky for the first correct and complete written answer brought to my desk.)

Or you can start with any of these links: