Weeknotes 8 - Not all of these have to be good
- The Bourne Legacy cannot be considered canon, as it breaks all the rules that make the rest of Bourne films good. In The Bourne Legacy the protagonist is motivated by physical rather than emotional needs, impressive feats are accomplished thanks to futuristic tech rather than smarts and competence, and the story is so complicated it requires verbal exposition. It’s bad.
- I find it reassuring to think that not all of my weeknotes have to be good.
- I enjoyed listening to Isabelle Olsson talk about developing Google’s hardware aesthetic, but what I really connected to was an anecdote about having to rediscover how to be funny in a new language (Isabelle is from Sweden). When I moved to the UK I didn’t just struggle with expressing humour through language, I honestly didn’t know how to express anything about my identity! You take one short EasyJet flight, and suddenly, poof! You’re now having to work extra hard to become someone you don’t even know yet. It’s very confusing.
- Reading what Matt Ward wrote on developing the MA Design Expanded Practice at Goldsmiths made me reflect on how inspiring and privileged it was to study design at an institution that considered design a type of knowledge-making. Matt put it really well:
[There is] this false distinction between different forms of knowledge — the made and the thought, the hand and the mind, the conceptual and material — doesn’t quite fit into how design often works.
- Last week I linked to a write-up of design decisions made on a speculative project. I struggled to find similar in-depth articles. Then I came across Bethany Heck’s writing:
You’ll find endless examples of criticism of art, film and writing on the internet, in books and in videos. But that doesn’t exist for design. On the rare occasion that designers talk about their work or the work of other designers, what they want to talk about is rarely the work itself. […] I don’t think enough people talk about their design work in a way that frames their design decisions as though they want to be held accountable for them.
- Once I discovered Heck’s writing on Medium I realised she also wrote a good few case studies on her site.
- As the self-appointed Head of Susan Kare Fans Association (Greater London Division) I must inform you that there is merch available. My birthday is in July. Thanks.
- And in big news this week, I enrolled on a Stanford Machine Learning course on Coursera, because now that we’ve settled the question of whether designers should learn to code, it’s time to ask: should designers learn to machine learn?