A logical mind would consider art as irrelevant. How can the art of music help a mathematician? Most people will probably say nothing at all! This blog takes a closer look at the designs which illustrate how our overachieving, digitally enhanced and industrious world actually needs great designs. And not just as a distraction but as a vital necessity to its own survival.
I too, once thought that the musicians, artists and designers of this World had no part to play, except as diversions from the important things in life. The ‘real’ activities of life, like building construction, farming and industry are the only important events, right? What part can a designer play in a World that rewards results?
It has long been established that without illustrative designs and artistic expression, human beings suffer terribly. You only need to go back to the renaissance, when most of Europe was strongly influenced by the rise in religion to see how control over expression induces suffering. Furthermore, the stifling of art and design can be imposed by political powers and plunge a society in periods of darkness and despair. Look at how the dark ages affected the World. It affected:
– Illustrative Design
Amazingly, even centuries trying to smother out all types of design and art did not succeed. Humans need to express themselves through language and other physical forms of expression.
One such example can be found outside of our larger cities, in the fringes of our suburban towns and vistas. These days, many people are designing small dwellings in their back yards called Granny Flats. As we move forward towards an asymptotically growing population, we will inevitably need to occupy less space. So today, I’d like to look at these granny flat designs and see just where it will lead us.
Beauty is in The Eye..
Take a look at Stonehenge. Even after centuries of intense study, we don’t know for sure how it’s design and form was utilised. Some say it was a place of worship and others for public meetings as a theatre or similar. Others say it was used for human sacrifice by the druids and Celtics. No matter what you think, millions of tourists travel across the World just to stand there and admire the architecture. I personally don’t see it’s wonder. But this is the unique beauty of art. It doesn’t need to be universally approved in order to be revered. Picasso’s paintings are absolutely gorgeous to me but you may just think it’s a splash of pain
Architectural Design into the 21st Century
Today’s architecture has its own appeal. When compared to buildings from two hundred years ago, it’s obvious that today’s buildings are designed for usability over aesthetic appeal. Interestingly, this in itself is a form of art. As an illustrative designer, I can appreciate the uniqueness and almost surreal sense of digitalised art which modern buildings possess. High rise buildings tower above us and almost speak domination upon the populace below. They’re saying “I am your awesome creation” but they’re also saying “I am larger than you”. A building can house and save you but it can also kill you. When looking at the modern art form, we cannot deny the size, scale and bulk of these ever growing buildings. Men have competed against each other to create the tallest buildings for centuries.