The Design of Dissent: Against Conforming

In IDP 316 - Portfolio, Uncategorized by Mirella Hernandez

The design, “First Things First”, by Ken Garland instantly got my attention when reading the article. Ken Garland’s design was to “call for designers to reevaluate [ones] skills for more worthwhile things than simply in the aid of consumer culture”. When reading that, I instantly thought of my community.

Garland’s image made me realize and remember how conformist and silent my community is. Where I live, there are a lot of adults who feel that they don’t have much options or opportunities to do more than what they are currently doing. Thus, they continue to live the same way for the last few years they’ve lived in the U.S. It is because of the lack of opportunities they are given that they feel this way. An adult near downtown told me how he feels trapped and would like to do more things to help improve the world in any way. However, he feels that the way he is living and working isn’t helping no one. That made me really sad and worried, especially knowing that there are people who do have the opportunity to do something for others or the environment but don’t do much.

So, I thought of drawing various images I’ve seen as I’ve grown up where people portray some sort of happiness or tranquility. I intentionally drew every face without mouths and only eyes, for I believe eyes portray ones true feelings/emotion. Unlike, mouths, where smiles can easily hide truths. For the outside images, I wanted to portray how things and people can look okay but aren’t as okay or good as they seem to be. I also created a tall person wearing goggles and a suit inside the drawing box, “the world”, to demonstrate how people with opportunities just tend to stand above.

For my design, I just wanted to show that our surroundings, such as our community, can always be improved, and that opportunities are a privilege. So, when one has an opportunity to help someone or something, whether it’s small or big, it would be nice to give a hand. As Garlands description read, “there is more than simply in the aid of consumer culture”.