Group Displays 9/1/2018

Today we displays two topics of which we had to research into, they were ‘ink & printing’ and ‘Qet Botanicals’. We had to research into positives and negatives of them, and how we could be more sustainable/ ethical by using alternatives.

Below is the first poster we designed for ‘ink & printing’ along with a feedback sheet from our other class peers.

Overall there was very positive feedback as it was easy to understand, however we could’ve improved by making the pros and cons more separated, so it was clearer.

The second display poster was for ‘Qet Botanicals’, below is the poster and feedback.

As you can see again the feedback was mainly positive however the improvements to be made would be to change the background image as the type gets lost in it.

“How did we get into this mess?”

Task 1 – Man

The evolution of man and what the world was originally and how it has changed over time due to humans. We start off by taking power of smaller things such as beatles, snakes and chickens and using them for ourselves to become ‘stronger’. This then turns into man realising what we can use animals and other things for (evolution and adaptation) of which man “needs” and so there is a large industrial process to meet mans needs. This in-turn starts killing the planet itself due to global warming and the waste that is produced.

The man starts off by walking through nature and starts to shoot animals and takes pride in it (framing bear, wearing a warm coat, playing on an ivy piano etc.) Then slaughter houses/ factories and the large mound of toxic waste at the end.

By the end of the video all man has achieved is to ruin the planet by turning it all into landfill and destroying all forms of life as it is just him who remains as king.

Evolution – “the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed from earlier forms during the history of the earth.” or “the gradual development of something

Task 2 – What is the Tragedy of the Commons?

The video is trying to emphasise that we as humans are greedy and only think of ourselves in the short term and don’t think about how our actions will affect other people in the long foreseeable future. We take as much as we can get at the time to be happy but will not think of the implications our actions can make.

The fisherman story is useful as it tells a much simplified story so that anyone of all ages can clearly understand what is happening. I think this is a great way to educate people. I think in order to help the future we need to consciously think about our actions and how they will affect the future of the planet, and maybe even consider recycling as although this is common it is very useful for the planet.

Greed – “intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.”


Task 3 – Solutions to the Tragedy of the Commons?

Littering – I see so many youths of today littering, they just throw their rubbish on the floor, or spit chewing gum out onto the pavement. Firstly, it’s not cool, looks horrific, makes you appear extremely unattractive and uneducated and finally makes you seem like a delinquent of society.

Individuals can prevent littering by simply holding onto their rubbish. Individuals can also prevent littering by simply waiting to find a bin and use it correctly (recycling etc.) We could make it the law to recycle as well, I know some counties have different bins for houses with household waste, food waste, cardboard etc, I feel that this would be a great way to be strict by making it the law in all counties to use glass, cardboard, food waste to recycle.


Task 4 – Design and the tragedy of the commons: your thoughts

I would say that graphic design has contributed to the advertising of unnecessary foods and products, as it advertises all things, bad or good, as the aim of it is to make the public aware and to get public acknowledgement for something, regardless of it having a positive or negative long-term outcome.

I would 100% say that graphic design has contributed to the huge amounts of waste and garbage in the world today, as it persuades people to go out and buy new products, regardless of whether their current products still work or not, and we as humans are in competition to always have the best and newest products, so we will go out following those advertisements, and buy these products, whether we actually need them or not.

Graphic design has given people hope that we will always have the correct amounts of resources that we will need throughout our lifetimes, to do what we want with, rather than giving a more realistic expectation to the audience about the limited resources that our planet has. This has in turn made people more greedy thinking that they can have exactly what they want and when they want it, rather than thinking about how to save and preserve our limited resources to get the most out of our planet for as long as we can.

I feel that graphic design is not an unsustainable profession as it will always be needed, whether to promote a more sustainable way of living or whether to get across the idea that we are harming our planet to the people who are taking the most away from it through pollution and being greedy with money and resources.

Task 5 –  Radical Design for Sustainability: Professor Stuart Walker at TEDxBrum

When watching this video I was extremely bored throughout as it was a very tedious man talking about pollution and global warming. I thought it would be interesting/ useful to those that are interested in this subject area however for me it wasn’t eye-opening.