Designing user experiences for business intelligence applications is intellectually challenging. Communicating the design can also be a lot of work.
Now it’s the weekend and designing a complex piece of art work that celebrates user interaction and that sort of thing is interesting and challenging in another way. I don’t have to explain it, I just have to design something that is compelling that I can also build. Fortunately, I have a lot of tools, methods, and materials in my repertoire. Exploring alternatives until I visualize something that I myself find exciting, then working out the details. This is the creative part of the design process.
Now I’m done sketching for the moment and manually bending one inch conduit is challenging again in a completely different way. Ugh. This is the hard work part of the design process.
Just because we live in the digital world doesn’t mean that we no longer live in the other one. I’m pondering the subject matter of the art that I am producing for BIG(D)ESIGN 2012. This sequel to the art centerpiece I created for BIG(D)ESIGN 2011 is a big undertaking for one artist, not just in terms of the scale, but also the complexity of form, function, and theme.
Like its predecessor, the art for BigD12 connects a whole lotta dots from many different places on multiple levels and dimensions, quite literally. So, bringing it all together is going to take a substantial amount of time, energy, and thought. Now that I have this blogsite, you are likely to see my musings here as I think through some of these concepts and challenges. This is like a window into the mind of the geek art guy. Are you scared yet?
I began with the big picture of what I wanted to say that expands on the My Favorite Machine theme and images. I’m not ready to give it all away here yet, though some of my friends and colleagues have heard me talking about it. I’m not really much of a secret-keeper. Let me just summarize the concept in one key word – “Community”.
Like before, there are other sub-themes. And the one that I am fixating on at the moment as I work out some of the technical and structural challenges, is related to my opening sentence. We live in a physical world that integrates the digital world into it. As individuals and as a culture we have to reconcile these daily. There is no all one or the other. And part of this process is acknowledging the layer upon layer of culture, civilization, and technology that has served as the foundation and many tiered platform leading up to and supporting this digital world that seems to be our primary focus today, certainly at least for the audience attending the BIG(D)ESIGN 2012.
That notion of multiple tiers of civilization and technology will be reflected in the art in a really extroverted manner. When you see it, you will understand what I am talking about, I’m pretty sure! This is but one of several sub-themes you’ll be hearing about from me as I work through this stuff. More later. ; )