It's frustrating when young people are so conservative about techniques. The school system often pushes a certain kind of conformity and from the other side the job market often instills the idea that one needs to have "skills" that can be reduced to standardized techniques. For me that means that a lot of 19-year-olds think I'm a crazy heretic when I suggest that you can make a compelling image without using a particular product from the Adobe Corporation.


@KnowPresent for the current assignment, I'm asking my students to make a website with pictures that fits on a floppy disk, inviting them to explore low tech aesthetics (like limited palettes with dithering, etc). I'd still love some day to force them to create pics only using something like Photoshop 1.0 or MacPaint or Deluxe Paint running in an emulator ;)

@KnowPresent and it's partly a low carbon-footprint approach à la, partly an opportunity to question this idea that digital artists constantly need new machines with the latest software. Moore's law doesn't reflect in the quality or relevant of creative work.

@yhancik These are great examples. We've been talking about it and bringing sustainability topics in but some of them are still hung up on an idea that any thing that these kinds of experiments are"arty", "nerd" or "hippie" stuff therefore not "professional" and that we should be making logos for fictional companies with Illustrator instead. They feel that "sustainable design" means doing corporate identity for organic food or clothing brands.

@KnowPresent I don't mind the "arty", "nerd" and "hippie" labels actually :D

To be honest it's often a topic of discussion among teachers here, whether we're supposed to be "professionalising" - thus making them ready for a jobs market, or if we're helping them become auteurs. I studied in an art school that was pushing more the latter, so that's how i roll as a teacher too :p

@yhancik @KnowPresent May I intervene here and say that this debate between "arty" and "professional" is flawed. There is no difference in practice between a professional art career and a professional corporate designer career. Maybe if you focus on a particular tool or a particular "work", you'll see differences. But overall there are none. What they need is a mindset, an attitude and a brain.

@xuv @KnowPresent agreed. That's what i try to tell them but :p having studied there, you know them a bit, don't you? ;)

@yhancik @KnowPresent I guess I only know one. The others are probably gone by now. ;)

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