VISCOM1; Response 1

The two excerpts that we were required to read only emphasized and expanded my take on Graphic Design. Graphic Design for me, even at the beginning, was always a complicated process in my mind. Type and Image definitely covered my basic thoughts about Graphic Design. I have always been a problem solver, whether or not I called myself that, I have always been on. With Graphic Design, your goal is communicate the message to the readers in the best possible manor. In Graphic Design Sources, there was a much deeper breakdown of how the Graphic Designer functions and even how their mind and attitude works. I do not exactly agree with everything he wrote, however. I do not feel that just because we are Graphic Designers that we think we can do anything we want. That, I feel, is more of a stereotype than an actuality. Though, he did touch on how intricate Graphic Design is, as well. This is not a simple profession, there are multiple layers that go into just one concept, there is never a simple outcome. It may look simple, but it is only able to look simple after hours upon hours of work, and studies, and experiments, and other such building and learning processes to make it appear simple, when in reality is a very deep process that the designer was able to mask as simple. Which, in my opinion, is the secret to a very successful Designer.
-ian arthur spaeth


VISCOM1; Why Graphic Design?

Why not graphic design, I ask you.
I love anything to do with typography, (re)branding, or website design. I've had photoshop for years now and from it I started my love for graphic design. I have had a website since sixth grade, and from there began my love of anything graphic design related. I did not realize, at the time, that what I was doing was an actual profession. I've kept my website going since sixth grade, it has had many name, content, and style changes since it's birth, but the current address is www.ianarthur.net. It was not until I got into high school that I realized that what I was doing with my website was something that I could do for a job. Once I came to this realization, I started to do more research into the graphic design field. As I started my search for which college I wanted to go and what field I wanted to go into, I could not see myself doing anything but graphic design. I was nervous to take something I had done as a hobby for almost six years, and turn it into my actual profession. I was worried that I would quickly come to hate graphic design and ruin my love for it. But at the same time, I could not see myself doing anything but that. The more I thought about it, the more I comfortable I became with the thought of turning my hobby into my profession.