Did I just scrap and redid this project a couple of days before the deadline?
See this project in development at http://yxa.ca/ysdn4900/.
Three painful days of creative block later [ of drawing, dancing, writing, playing ukulele, singing, eating, and hemorrhaging ] — ideas are finally flowing!
For a near future Guide to Community Engagement, synthesized from interviews with Community Workers and Program Managers in the Jane and Finch Community.
This is my independent studies that I found very complex and challenging. I had to consider many things — ranging from being sensitive to representation of the heavily stigmatized community, designing a research study, and finally synthesizing half a year’s worth of being in the field and interviewing community workers into an accessible artefact to be shared back to the community. It was a piece for the community and for my own learning, since I had a dual purpose, it became extremely challenging to stay focused and decide what form I should share back the information I gathered.
Perfect example of visual communication design hate and love relationship.
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive - and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
by Sasaburo Takano Sensei
1. A healthy body is a must. You must maintain good health and vitality in every part of your body.
2. Develop a strong spirit. Your skill and spirit must be in perfect harmony. This will enable you to adapt and cope with even the harshest of environments.
3. Training is critical. Your mind, spirit, hands and feet are to combine to work as one. Practice diligently to attain this.
4. Experiment and use your mind. Doing this will bring you closer to enlightenment as well as improve your skill and techniques.
5. Fundamental training. Practicing basic techniques must be done properly. Posture, stance, grip, line-of-sight, footwork, attacking are critical. If you do not take these seriously, your skills will not evolve.
6. Always train with a focused spirit. Your spirit controls your body. whether it is during practice or tournaments, always maintain a focused spirit and put forth your best effort.
7. Train with passion from beginning to end. You will encounter many hardships and suffering. Kendo is a lifelong commitment. If you train without putting forth your best effort, you will not reap all the benefits of Kendo.
8. Do not become conceited or overconfident. Whether it is your Kendo, your education, or even in your career, arrogance is the root of all failure. This kind of attitude is the greatest detriment to your training.
9. Maintain purity in your soul. Anger, deception, selfishness are enemies to your training. The path of Kendo is to train seriously in order to build character.
10. Live the way you train. Do not separate what you learned in Kendo from your everyday life. It is unfortunate if this happens. The keeping the path of Kendo and the path of life as one, you will benefit greatly.
I am still not used to these last minute epiphanies in the design process, where I seemingly discover what it is I should do all of a sudden to communicate what I mean. This is of course after being stuck in a rut for weeks.
I find it hard sometimes to totally trust this chaotic process and my intuition. It’s especially challenging when I feel that I want to create something really great, but I’m at a point where the project is not great and I don’t know how to make it great.
I’ve defined what great is and I’ve conducted all the interviews and images I may need. I’ve done all I could think of until this point.
Now comes the part of the process that i find most challenging, which is having to put all these materials together to become something great.
But this process is seemingly chaotic, painful, and random. It’s like I’m banging my head on the wall and nothing’s coming out except for blood, sweat, and tears. The chaos escalates when I set a high standard to what I’m putting out.
Is the design process painful for anyone else? Can I avoid having to overcome these challenges without feeling complacent about what I’m putting out?
Maybe I just need time to develop a project like this. Maybe I should just be nicer and not measure myself on such a high standard. Maybe through this understanding I can develop this project with less pain, doubt, and chaos.
Everything always will come together in time after all, but can it come together in a more peaceful way?
Central to community organizing is the belief that people have the power, skills, and talents to determine their collective destiny. It starts with the view that all people have something to contribute to the solution and that no one needs to be a passive recipient.
Performance installation by William Forsythe and Kendall Thomas
In 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Over 50 years later, in a joint project with Professor Kendall Thomas, The Forsythe Company focuses on the act of inscribing basic rules for both the individual and society. «Human Writes» is a performative installation that reflects the history of human rights and the continuing obstacles to their full implementation.