Tuesday, February 5, 2008
A personal note: I had an experience in one of my classes recently that has given me less faith in the creative process at my school. I presented my work and instead of being given feedback on how to make it more readable and convey my message, she gave me a design solution completely different from the direction I was moving in. Not only was it not my idea, it was contrived. I was extremely frustrated. This is not the first time I have been pushed in a very specific direction. The last time I listened to the teacher's suggestions, the end result was torn apart in crits and it really made me second guess myself. Someone in the class asked "what's wrong?" when I made a sour face and I wanted to scream. I like coming to my own design solutions; that is what being a critical thinker is all about. Up until this point, the teacher made a point to be oblique so as not to lead us. I have no problem with constructive criticism, but to feed me an idea, let alone one so contrived, makes me question some teacher's techniques. I am taking the Jim approach on this one and following my instincts. I am going to reassess my direction, pull back, and make the image read better. Sometimes learning means not listening to your teachers.
Posted by charrow at 8:02 AM