Session 0A | Oct 26, 2015
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Session 0A | Oct 26, 2015

Emotional Graphics – Thought Provoking


Claudia Pitti
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Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski is well known for his satirical images with thought provoking messages. This one specially makes me think how politics is a cruel game of playing with the low and medium class and their necessities for them to acquire or maintain power, or at least that’s how it works in Latin America. Understanding that it’s an election paper and the box is filled with grass where the sheep (the people) are being taken.

It’s been mentioned that nowadays teenagers don’t like to get involved with any political topic because they don’t find it interesting, but I don’t believe that’s the truth, teenagers don’t like politics because it tends to consist in lying and self interest, we know that those long speeches are not worth it. My father had told me several times that maybe a person can get into that world with the best intentions but the persons that surrounds them aren’t the best influence and to survive in that world you need to be in good terms with everyone.

This makes me think how politics have evolved from the very first idea of a person leading a group for the well being of everyone to… people ruling a country but being more worried for their best interest. I guess that’s what we need to change in our countries, the rulers to change the way our society works.

 

 

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This social critique by the artist Viktor Manuel Barrera from Colombia highlighting how people are being affected by the land-mines left by the war. There is a villages in Colombia where many persons have lost their arms or legs because of the activated mines that are around the farms. The sad thing is that even though the “war” is over because of the peace talks that the government is trying to have right now with Farcs, people ant their families are still being affected. I find the message so powerful because you can understand the missing limb by imagining that you don’t have the finger hide on the picture.

 

 

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I think this image speaks by itself. The creator François Caspar wanted to leave a strong message without words and he achieved it; by introducing the number 11 as two skyscrapers. 9/11 is a well known historic event which change the history of terrorism in the United States and the life of thousands of persons. The fact that the color black represents like a void shows how this catastrophe affected the city and the whole country

 

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This book cover of “The Brief History of the Dead” its kind of shocking and can be seen from so many perspectives; for example: the fact that death is a mystery, something unknown that is unavoidable- so to see death as a blank space with so much power is overwhelming. Also how a person can disappear gives me the message that life is fragile, the empty space of the jacket but with the hands holding it is like his life wasn’t finished but death did’t think that way.

 

 

 

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This, as a future architect, make me think how many places, houses, buildings and public spaces have been designed for the users but when it’s actually built it is used in another way. User experience is the ultimate goal, to make them feel as part of nature for example, we as architects are going to design spaces that molds a society and affect the life quality of everyone. So we have to become the users as the designers to achieve that ultimate goal.

 

Discussion

One response to “Emotional Graphics – Thought Provoking”

  1. Neko says:

    Thanks for great contribution, Claudia and welcome to Digital Culture Club!
    On politics: This is the way it works in entire world, unfortunately. If I start criticising current political systems, including the “good” ones like parliamentary democracy, I will not stop for hours… :) As an architect, it’s always good to have political situations in mind, as it will always greatly affect our work (architecture costs big money, and politics always gets involved when big money is in question).
    On hands: Very eloquent observation, nice!
    On park paths: This is my favorite of these examples, because it is such a good illustration for the situations where design process follows formal principles (looking “nice” especially as a drawing) but completely fails to account for motivations of actual people that will be using it. For me, it’s one of the focal points of good design, and something we will talk in great detail in class during entire course.

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