Gift Exercise 1

The Giver: 

The author stated that if there is no gift there is no art, but then goes on to say that there is a concept that a gift “can not be sold, bought or received one’s own will.” being that art does exist as a commodity (going to museums, buying classical works of fiction), how does art still lie in the category of gift?

When it comes to defining art as a gift, it feels the author isn’t calling the artwork the gift, but rather the art piece is a representation of the gifted abilities the creator possesses. It is in that sense art can be a commodity and still hold the traits of a gift. In addition, the author poses the ideas that a gift can be as simple as the inspiration that emanates from art. It once again disconnects the physical artwork from the gift aspect. From that point the gift is only accessible to those who can gain inspiration from the work- it’s not a purchase. All in all, art can be a gift, but art pieces are a part of economical markets.

Best Gift

The best gift I have ever received is an impossible fill in the blank. I am too uncertain to definitively provide that title to any one gift; however, one of my most notable gifts is my bike. I got my first big kid bike for Christmas one year, yet I am not sure when. It was the most thrilling experience to go downstairs and have this shiny silver vehicle. It gave me my first sense of freedom, as well as trust from my parents. I’m not that into biking, but the experiences that bike has been through makes it one of my most valued possessions.

Design Quotes

Quote Considerations

  • “I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.” — Lindo Leader, graphic designer and creator of the FedEx logo
  • Design is not a single object or dimension. Design is messy and complex.” — Natasha Jen, designer and educator
  • “Good design is like a refrigerator—when it works, no one notices, but when it doesn’t, it sure stinks.” –Irene Au
  • “The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” –Charles Eames
  • “Make it simple, but significant.” –Don Draper
  • “People ignore designs that ignore people” –Frank Chimero
  • “How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things, but how well we are understood.” –Andrew Grove

I chose…

“Good design is like a refrigerator—when it works, no one notices, but when it doesn’t, it sure stinks.” –Irene Au

This quote felt most applicable to this project as the gift involves the reception of a person I did not know, and humor is a common ground for people to build upon. I appreciate the visual example of a refrigerator and plan to incorporate it in reference to the quote. Furthermore, the idea of design being invisible was a common them throughout many foundations courses. In the Intro to Design lecture class, great design went unnoticed by the users as it flawlessly implied and completed its job. Additionally, in the Hidden-in-Plain-Sight project, our designs had to harmonize with space while accomplishing a function. This quote reiterates that concept. Good design is invisible, but bad design is detrimental.