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Anonymous asked: You seem to be someone who enjoys the fine points of products. But what is your opinion on Art and Design students? Many people see them as pointless and wasted degrees that would be better spent engineering or science related degrees.
I’ll open by saying I am a design student myself. I’ll follow that up by saying those who criticise Art and Design faculties do not under stand what they do, or the worth of their work, particularly on the design side.
Art in itself has limited scope for opportunity, but the study of art can lead on to a lot more in the world of work. Art is similar to graphic design, and they merge into one another. Both are required to produce the vast amount of visuals you come across, and likely over look, every day. So without art and graphics students, you would lose a massive aspect of modern life. Anything that requires a visual output would likely not exists. Posters, adverts, signage would all be gone.
Lack of designers would have a much more serious output. The most common argument I hear is ‘engineers design everything of worth, everything else is unnecessary.’ which is complete rubbish. Go and stand in a room, your bedroom, for example an look around. There may be a computer of some sort, maybe a printer or sound system, a light. These things had the input of an engineer. Not even those were designed exclusively by an engineer. Everything else would not be there if it wasn’t for a designer. Your cupboards, your bed, your desk, shelves, notice board, your chair, they would all go. What about your bed sheets, your mattress, your curtains, even your clothes and carpet? A textiles or fashion designer designed them all, so they would go, too.
Look around, and what are you left with? Your room is all but empty. Now I know what you’re going to say, an engineer could design all of those. And yes, I suppose you’re right. But how basic, how boring would everything be? An engineer designs for purpose and efficiency, a chair is to be sat on. Forget colour, forget comfort, forget it looking nice. If the world lacked designers, you would live your life living in grey rooms in huge, space efficient tower blocks wearing grey overalls every day. You would sleep on a board under an insulated sheet and keep your worldly possessions, of which there are almost none, in a metal box in the corner of the room, illuminated by a single, uncovered energy efficient bulb.
If thats your ideal world, then great, go forth and live your life as you wish, but if you think that you might prefer to remain living in a world more similar to the one we live in now, then don’t write art and design off as pointless.
Anonymous asked: Your blog just makes me unbelievably happy. Thank you
Well I’m very glad. Many thanks for letting me know!
Anonymous asked: I don't think having conquered and enslaved more of the world than any other country is a very good standard for being a 'good nation.'
It depends on what definition you’re attributing to ‘good’. If you are using it in context to morality then no, it wasn’t that great. However, from an economic, social and military view point, for such a nation to achieve such a feat is quite incredible.
Anonymous asked: And about us here in America. We are spoonfed bullshit from the early stages of our lives. I.E. America is the greatest country on the planet. After so many years of watching Disney Channel and then MTV, it's extremely hard to reset our brains and wash away the garbage. We are told all other nations have it very hard and that we are the land of the free. But we are no where near free. We need some serious help.
Other countries, including my own, all do the same thing, we just don’t do it on the scale that the US does, nor do we have the mass media machine that exists on the other side of the pond. I mean, Great Britain is, or at least was, a pretty good nation. We live on a tiny island off the side of Europe, yet we maintained the largest empire the world has ever seen.
I think an issue we all face is that we are told we are free, while at the same time yet another piece of legislation is passed through our governments, often to effect us adversely in one way or another.
Anonymous asked: I'll hand it to you, you sure are handling the other anon's questions/babbling quite well. You sir, are an inspiration.
I serve to be an inspiration of patience, the worlds most valuable commodity.
Although the amount of notes my posts receive has never really bothered me, it frustrates me sometimes when I write a long explanatory post, or source some high quality images and write up an interesting, accurate and original caption which gets maybe 10 notes then I see some text post with 100,000 notes that says something like ‘imagine how the sky tastes’.
Anonymous asked: The queen is old and you all have bad teeth!
The Queen is getting rather old now, but the whole bad teeth thing is simply not true. I can’t understand why it still circulates.
Anonymous asked: bullshit, the uk is a police state, hardly anyone owns a gun, no one can defend themselves, you cant keep your guns at home. at least we can fight back when shit goes down.
Every point you have made here I have answered, in detail and with relating sources, at least once. I’m not going over it again, because you no doubt have seen it and simply not bothered to take it in.