Sunday, October 11, 2009

TED Talks

Sir Ken Robinson's perspective of education systems explains how the restrictive tendencies aimed at inducing conformity, sameness, and following instruction is liable for the murder of the creativity in the young minds of America. Not a new found thought in my head, but the first time I've heard it spoken by a scholarly adult and subsequently broadcast globally.

Eames Demetrios, grandson of the great design team Charles and Ray Eames, spoke of the necessity for honest, true design which met an issue's particular needs. Design is not an excuse for the designer to implement their own artistic style for its own sake, but it is rather a way of life, a lifestyle, and an aspect of business by responsibly focusing on the need.
"The extent which you have a design style is the extent to which you have not solved a design problem."
--Charles Eames

Liz Coleman, collegiate educator speaks of the absence of genuine liberal arts in our society due to its current state of professionalism. School systems vouch for students to develop a mastery of all the basic skills with a bare minimum of cultural literacy. Or when said students do reach college, they must sacrifice a well-rounded education to only study the particular sect of their profession of choice--what she describes as learning "more about less."

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