“Specialists of a thousand
persuasions write in private
languages for a tiny number
of their peers.”
“Conversation is a more powerful
medium of understanding than
messages projected at us by media.
But tomorrow’s literacies need not
exclude artifice and creatitvity.”
“We will get from here to there
by a series of small, but carefully
In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World, 2005
JT (JOHN THACKARA) BREAKS IT DOWN
“Austin is a disaster zone. Parking is a nightmare kill me now.”
- Jared Warth, March 16, 2012
“This is a disaster for downtown Austin. Please retweet.”
- Sean Davis, October 7, 2013
THE AUSTIN DISASTER
Do these methods (diagramming, media translation)
work with strangers?
What OTHER methods or themes will help graduate
students break down disciplinary walls?
Is there an exit point for me, as the designer?
Is this process (re)packageable?
If so, what is that form?
Define test group(s) – Art & Art History Grads? All
Grads? Design and Engineering?
Experiment with strangers to determine guidelines
Develop and test other methods or themes
Document, publish, and circulate work with diagrams
Map this on to Summer work in Italy
A colony of friends who
believe that design is more
than decorating. It can grow
slowly and change minds...
The new shape of communications
is more like a place than a
John Thackara, In The Bubble: Designing in a Complex World
Personal observations and
encounters in the most ordinary
of landscapes can and will raise
questions and issues routinely
avoided by programmed
educational and entertainment
John Stilgoe, Outside Lies Magic