So what is your interest is in this project?
I am currently doing a media unit in which we talk about our online identities, but I’m also kind of fascinated by our online culture.
Well, feel free to chat about any of the stuff that’s been coming up in your unit, if you like! What do you use social media for mostly?
Facebook mostly just to be social with others I guess. Instagram I originally started to post some of my drawings. I post drawings on Facebook as well, but it’s an entire different field when people beyond your loved ones can see them.
You’re an artist?
Well sort of, I mostly do drawings of celebrities and movies.
Do you hope to work in the art world?
Definitely. I’m currently studying to be a graphic designer, so anything in the creative field will do for me.
Digital technologies are such a big part of graphic design these days… any insights into the next cool technology designers are going to be using?
I think as graphic designers today, we need to be familiar with all aspects of art. It has become not enough just to know how to use Photoshop or Illustrator. I think the blend of all art forms such a photography, film and animation is where we are and where we’re going to continue.
A lot of people are better at absorbing information in a visual way… so I guess good design is crucial in a lot of areas really.
Definitely, and it’s very difficult to communicate to every individual through graphic design, so we need to be abstract with our thinking. I’m doing an assignment now in which I have to create a logo for a town, and it’s probably the hardest task I’ve had to date. How do we communicate a message about an entire town through one logo? Everyone’s experience with the town is different, and people have differentiating thoughts about the town.
It’s almost impossible to achieve, so I believe through graphic design, it’s our job to create as much meaning to everything we do, and hope it resonates with everyone else in their own individual way.
Actually this is really interesting to me in terms of online spaces as well. Everyone uses these different platforms for different things. Instagram means different things to different people for example. How design relates to this? In Instagram’s case of course, the recent change to our feeds was so controversial.
Definitely! It was a very big change and a lot of people I’ve talked with about it are not happy with it. But there is a purpose behind why they did what they did, and not everyone will understand it, but some people may.
It’s impossible to please everyone. So in my work, I do what I can and as long as I believe in it, I consider it a good design.
Where is the line between representing yourself and your life online, and then just lying to the world?
Do you ever find that good, or bad design influences how you use or interact with something like Facebook or Instagram? What do you think of Facebook’s design actually?
I do like Facebook’s design. It’s not the grandest of designs but that’s the entire point. It’s simple, straight to the point and all age groups can use it. It’s functional.
I think interacting with Instagram in particular can be both a bad and good thing, and not just specifically with design… With my drawings, I tend to try and not filter them heavily, just so they stay true to form. But the ability to filter literally any moment of your life to make them look more appealing is a tricky line for me. Where is the line between representing yourself and your life online, and then just lying to the world?
I think it’s very important to always try to stay true to who you are, even online.
That’s a good question. What do you think about the idea of authenticity online?
I think it’s very important to always try to stay true to who you are, even online. I do understand people act differently online for purposes such as being a good representative for a job. But when we start to alter our personality, that’s when I have an issue with the online space.
Do you think you’re true to yourself?
I believe so. I’m never conscious about trying to be perceived in a certain way online.
What do you think digital technology means to you and your generation?
I am a millennial. Digital technology means everything to us. I know it’s an ignorant thing to say, but I couldn’t see how I could get by without the technological advances we have today. But that’s how we were raised.
We were raised to make the most of what we have, and I think we’ve done exactly that. Our social lives, careers and jobs, all for the most part rely on technology.
Without technology I don’t think I would be as social as I am, even in my work. I don’t know if I would be doing graphic design if we didn’t have the technology we have today.
Do you think technology shapes who you are?
Definitely! Without technology I don’t think I would be as social as I am, even in my work. I don’t know if I would be doing graphic design if we didn’t have the technology we have today.
It varies for everyone. What I’ve noticed a lot lately is the change in some individual’s attitudes due to the influence of technology and what that offers us.
There now is a strong necessity to be liked by everyone and so people often alter their thoughts and attitudes on certain things to fit in.
Well particularly with people around my age.. I see a lot of conformity building, I guess due to the overwhelming amount of mass media and social media we have available to us.
There now is a strong necessity to be liked by everyone and so people often alter their thoughts and attitudes on certain things to fit in. Of course I’m generalizing here, but I’ve seen instances where people would click on a YouTube video and go straight to the comment section to see how everyone else is reacting to it, even before they watch it themselves.
It’s kind of like they’re asking what their opinion of this video is gonna be before they can judge it for themselves. Does that make any sense? Or am I being super depressing?
I think having our own voice is what makes us great.
Do you ever feel the pressure to conform to things in this way?
Not at all, and not in a trendy hipster way either. I don’t understand the concept of rebelling against your own thoughts and opinions, just to be liked. I think having our own voice is what makes us great.
You mentioned that you don’t think you’d be as social if it weren’t for technology. What did you mean by that?
I think I wouldn’t talk or see as many people as I do now without, Facebook. I hate making phone calls; I was never really big on texting. Technology has just made everything more convenient for us, including communicating to one another.
Do you think there’s a difference in “quality” or “authenticity” between interactions like on Facebook Messenger or commenting on posts, and talking to someone on the phone?
I think there is a difference depending on who you’re talking to. If I was talking to a close friend on Messenger, I don’t think it would change if I was talking to them on the phone.
Comments on posts are different, because they’re public, anyone can see them.
Can you tell me a little bit about your drawing?
Yeah sure, there’s not much meaning behind it, but this was a drawing of a model I started and never finished about one and a half years ago. I always wanted to finish it, but I’ve lost it.
I kind of like how it is unfinished.
Me too! That’s why I posted it on Instagram.
I literally lost the sheet of paper that I drew it on. Never found out what happened to it.
Have you ever considered keeping a blog for your illustrations?
I did have a Tumblr about five years ago, but I wasn’t an active user at all. I wasn’t very confident in my drawings so I kind of just stopped.
I have made websites for myself for design assignments, but I am considering making an official blog that’s consistently updated. Right now, it’s just Instagram and Facebook.
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