To put it informally and very briefly, my essay critically analyzes the pros and cons of digital design in contrast to a handmade aesthetic or elements of handmade integrated into graphic design - and is leaning more towards the benefits of integrating handmade elements as the positive, and more importantly, combining digital and handmade. It also has a strong focus on the process and connecting with an audience. [Excuse my grammar, my brain is tired.]
So, a few of the points I am covering are 1. Humanness - how handcrafted design connects with viewers/imperfection as a positive/helps designers distinguish themselves from others/uniqueness. 2. Process: analog processes allow for spontaneity and chance in design. Positive accidents. Also touching on the process of experimentation and chance etc. 3. Tangibility and sensory experience (handmade elements as signifiers for tactility and tangible materials) 4. Hybrid/the in between - so ways that designers have incorporated elements of handmade and digital/ included imperfection in digital design/ reconnected through other means such as AR and interactivity.
I know the above doesn’t sound very clear for the focus but it is for my planning! I just summarized it as much as possible here.
Those are all very brief points and there is alot more in the essay of course, as well as, much more formal writing! But would you say that including some critical writings that are still relevant but are quite old is still acceptable here? For example, a paper on the process of handcrafted design and its benefits (so this would still be applicable today)
I am finding it so difficult to add in more up to date resources. But this topic is still relevant, and designers are incorporating handmade elements into digital design. Another area of interest is trends that promote imperfection: glitch art/asymmetry etc.
Any thoughts appreciated.
Also a big thank you for the Bauhaus tip. My link to history was quite stuck on the functionalism and objective aesthetic of swiss style but Bauhaus could add in a lot more substance for that part.
[If you are wondering at all why I am asking on here rather than my tutor, I am an online student, so I don’t really have the opportunity for discussion and feedback beyond my tutor every 24 hours. Plus, my tutor can only give limited feedback for assessments and chatting to classmates isn’t an option. So this forum has been a huge help!]