Hello, all.  I am part of Team Awful Dudes.  For our sticky notes, we organized them into two cagetories:

1)  Method of Mass Communication

video games, radio, seminar, sides of buses, posters, banner ads, internet, shirts, graffiti, books, opera, snail mail, speech/public speaking, color, music, email, photography, twitter, semaphore, print, Morse code, Instant Messaging, writing, theatre/plays, smoke signals, TV/boob tube, propaganda, Facebook/MySpace, language, marketing/advertising, code lights, slide shows, hand gestures, traffic signs, online conference, telegraph, cave paintings, cuneiform, sky writing, electromagnetic broadcast, hieroglyphics, Pony Express, horns/whistles, facial expressions, drums,

2)  Tool of Mass Communication/Device

bluetooth, head on a stick, Jack-In-the-Box commercials, freshmaker commercials (mentos), iPhone apps, Jumbo-tron, spotlights, blimps, satellites, walkie-talkie, MP3 players, computers, PowerPoint, webcam, Samurai fans, flares, blow horns, cell phones, Viewmaster, landline phones, sandwich board, Town Criers, camera, flags, projectors, wedding band

And now, for something completely different.  Here are my FIVE (three, sir!) THREE examples.  I mean, five.  It’s actually five.

  1. Head On a Stick.  This is an ancient method of communicating en mass with your opponent’s army, and quite a message that is.  It is a non-verbal way of saying, “Mess with us and you’ll end up like this guy.”  Ouchies, not to mention gruesome.  http://pics.uglychristmaslights.com/2004/pike.jpg
  2. Samurai fans.  In ancient Japan, certain samurai were trained in the art of fan signals – an effective, silent method of communicating the plan to your fellow samurai.  Kind of like using flags in battle, but more awesomer.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_fan
  3. Drums.  Used by many cultures, such as the samurai (again) or even them cannibal types, drums can signal many things, such as “We’re marching to battle,” “We’re coming after you to eat you,” or “Man this bonfire is kickin’.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_%28communication%29
  4. Cuneiform.  Developed by the ancient Sumerians, cuneiform was one of the first writing methods.  In it, Sumerian symbols were chiseled directly onto large stone tablets, many of which have been found by modern archaeologists and used to study their ancient culture.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuneiformhttp://ant3145-mesopotamia.wikispaces.com/file/view/cuneiform.jpg
  5. Propaganda.  One of my least favorite methods of mass communication, propaganda is used heavily by governments to promote their opiates for the masses and control people, stirring them up to blindly follow the patriotic banner.  Bleargh.  Not for me.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda
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John Maeda TED Video Response

September 27, 2009

I found John Maeda’s lecture on design and computers to be interesting. His viewpoint, coming from a seemingly un-design-related field, was both refreshing and different from my view at the same time.

Maeda’s take on computers and design was valuable to see, since he started with the purely technological side back before any sort of artistic concepts had arrived. I liked seeing the videos of his experiments, showing how he was a pioneer in transforming the technical world of computers and programs into something which could be used for art, such as with his Adobe Illustrator-like prototype program. When he described how his left-brain professors found his program useless and illogical, that showed me that he was truly determined to change things.

And yet, when he said he used technology but didn’t like it, I couldn’t help but disagree in some ways. I do agree that the more we use technology, the more disconnected we get from the humane side of ourselves, but I also try to find more of a balance and enjoy the technology for what it is and what it can do for us. When I am working in my 3D programs such as Maya or ZBrush, I marvel at the feat of technical engineering which goes on in the background of the program and genuinely appreciate these technological outlets for my creativity. They become a part of me, integrated into the balance of technology and design which I, like Mr. Maeda, always strive to perfect.