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An approach to design – surely everybody draws?

Alhambra

We were all taught art in some form or other at school. In England this often led to an interest in our younger years but saw a dramatic decline when it later came to testing the results in formal examinations. To some extent this was caused by the manner in which formality in teaching increased with the needs of the examinations; but it was also a consequence of the general climate in which the arts are understood.

Although this has changed with time, it still does not produce adults with an understanding of art in either its general of specific senses. In fact, most seem quite confused as art has moved away from its skilled manual basis to a more esoteric event-based form more easily manufactured by less skilled hands. In particular there is less teaching of traditional drafting skills. In fact, many are now unable to communicate through a traditionally drawn medium but have come to rely on computer, film and audio based operations.

In its wider development, this has seen a lack of understanding of design in all its forms; a repression which demonstrates itself in a restricted understanding of many forms of design, particularly British architecture which has been compromised additionally, by a combination of the lack of skills of the planners who regulate much of what is built, and the confused objectives of clients.

Nowadays nearly everybody who has a computer will own some form of design programme – and they're not afraid to use them. Consequently, the web is awash with design work, not much of it good, and here is my contribution to that visual sludge. It consists, in the main, of work carried out on original greetings cards, drawn design studies, and experimental work.

Some of the work is taken from freehand design projects using traditional materials but, in the main, the work was carried out using graphics programmes on a Mac.

The illustration at the top of the page is, incidentally, a part of my name written in Arabic in the style of a tughra, a traditional Turkish seal.


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