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The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice

The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice

Rosanne Somerson (Editor), Mara Hermano (Editor), John Maeda (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-118-51786-4

Sep 2013

272 pages

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CAD $35.95

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As the world grows increasingly complex and fast-paced, with global issues impacting us all, making, materials, and meaning are critical. The kind of essential knowing that we develop at RISD—informed through our hands, through our bodies, and in the creation of works, experiences, and events—is more cogent than at any other time. Artists and designers hone the capacity to generate something from deep inside ourselves to live outside of ourselves. By residing in the experiential and the physical, and by developing the "hands-on" as a portal of intelligent learning, we confirm the mind as maker and making as a state of mindfulness. We demonstrate how artists and designers are hosts for enduring creative discovery that is self-initiated and actively engaged. In short, artists and designers manifest what has not existed previously—in many cases, what has never even been imagined.

—RISD PROVOST ROSANNE SOMERSON, EXCERPT FROM THE INTRODUCTION

I believe that art and design have critical roles to play in innovation in this next century, much like science and technology did in the last. The very methods revealed in this book will drive the new ideas, movements, and solutions that will help us tackle the complex problems of our day.

—RISD PRESIDENT JOHN MAEDA, EXCERPT FROM THE FOREWORD

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Foreword J 5
John Maeda

Preface 11
Frank R. Wilson

The Art of Critical Making: An Introduction 19
Rosanne Somerson

Groundwork 32
Leslie Hirst

Text and Context: Outward in All Directions 52
Daniel Cavicchi

Conversation: Drawing 74
Patricia C. Phillips

Thingking 94
John Dunnigan

Object Lessons 116
Sarah Ganz Blythe

Conversation: Materials 138
Kelly Dobson

Graphic Design, Storytelling, and the Making of Meaning 164
Lucinda Hitchcock

The Nature Imperative 190
Neal Overstrom

Conversation: Critique 210
Eva Sutton

Acting into the Unknown 230
Pradeep Sharma

Afterword 245
Mara L. Hermano

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 251

CONTRIBUTORS 253

ILLUSTRATIONS 261

INDEX 265