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Tools vs. Templates A Commentary on Modern Graphic Design Ethics and Advancing Technologies

Sickman, Katie (2015) Tools vs. Templates A Commentary on Modern Graphic Design Ethics and Advancing Technologies. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

My thesis center around modern currents and the use of technology in the graphic design industry and academic programs at the collegiate level. It expresses a major concern with the reliance placed upon technology by those within the profession, the misconceptions this creates about the actual roles of graphic designers, and the abuse of professionals by non-designers and/or clients that this behavior encourages. This project has developed from the combined years I have spent as a student, educator, and professional, and from what I have observed as recurring trends. I give a brief historical overview of the onset of design technology, leading into the use of it today, before describing “templates” (prefabricated design forms) and the problems and misconceptions they generate and promote. After this discussion I provide suggestions to thwart these issues, based on my experiences and observations thus far as a member of the graphic design industry. Lastly I discuss in greater detail the process involved in researching, writing, and developing the artwork which accompanies the writing. My art—6 digitally designed posters displayed in large, printed format—seeks to bring further awareness to the popular yet false impressions surrounding the graphic design process. They are stylized as Public Service Announcements, utilizing hyperbole to dramatize the message to draw in the audience.They help connect the troubling movements seen in graphic design to those who are uninformed or indifferent to their impact. My intentions with these written and visual narrations are to inform the unaware but also aid in shaping my path through graphic design. Articulating my thoughts has forced me to clearly define how I will approach both creative and instructive processes for the greater good of the industry as a whole. The process of creating and completing this project has instilled in me a stronger confidence moving forward as a productive member in all aspects of graphic design. I hope my work will positively impact the future of graphic design and help realign those practices which have diverged from its true nature. Katie Sickman, M.F.A. Department of Art, 2015 Radford University

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Katie Sickman
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 15:35
Last Modified: 06 May 2016 15:35
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/213

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