Hello followers and sorry for neglecting this blog. I’ve been busy graduating from university – if you’d like to find out about my final year project click here.
Otherwise, welcome back to Design Inspiration. I went to see Moonrise Kingdom directed by Wes Anderson, and for the first time in non-animated film history, I felt inspired in a design way.
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From the opening sequence to the credits, it’s evident that a designer’s voice was present. Continue reading
Officially entitled ‘Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers’. This is a short film, a bit like Stomp!, by Ola Simonsson.
I used to play drum kit – I wasn’t very good. If I’d seen this film when I was learning maybe I’d be inspired to drum more creatively and enjoy it more. I probably would have fantasised about breaking into all sorts of people’s houses to drum with their stuff. What would a policeman have in his home to drum with?
Bringing it back to design, sound is an often overlooked element of product design. Maybe products could be designed to fit in with the sounds of other objects they’d be in a room with. The bedroom one is quite soft. Just as well none of them were sensitive to sprays, there was a lot of sprayed perfume in that scene!
"Fresh Guacamole" By: PES.
I love this animation! My little brother showed it to me – it’s so imaginative. I’ll be looking at jelly in a different way now.
We spotted Ron Arad on Sunday afternoon at his new installation at the Roundhouse. (He’s the one in the hat.)
I watched the film Rip today. It’s about intellectual property from the point of view of a remixed music fan.
He makes some good points and there’s some outstanding remixes of video and music. The film is as much about showcasing how amazing remixed work can be as making an argument against copyright laws. The main point was that all culture is a regurgitation of past culture. Originality is nothing but a new combination of existing ideas. So why shouldn’t people be allowed to take other people’s work and fiddle around with it until it’s something different? More specifically, music or video work? Musicians rip each other off all the time, especially chord sequences. Are chord sequences going to end up copyrighted 10 years down the line? Led Zepplin ripped off Muddy Waters big time. Girl Talk does mashups of old songs, creating something that sounds more different to the originals when you compare it to the difference between Led Zep and Muddy W. songs.
The one thing the film fails to address is how we are going to make money in a world without copyright. I fully agree that people should be allowed to remix other people’s ideas – how else can culture evolve? – but there has to be a limit. Perhaps this limit is being pushed too far at the moment. Perhaps we need a better definition of what remixing is.
If someone took a design I did and copied it in China for example (this happens a lot) and then sold it for cheaper than I could because their manufacturing costs are less, I would be VERY ANGRY. If someone used my work as an influence and executed a similar idea in a different enough way, I would be flattered. There is a grey area. How different does the design have to be to not infringe copyright laws? How different does it have to be to not be copying? How different does it have to be to not upset the designer? Are these the same question?