In the past few months, I realised that some of the projects that i did were to please my classmates and professor through the aesthetic of it. Sometimes I tried too hard and went over broad in creating something beautiful for their eyes. But I don’t feel the sense of enjoyment while doing it. Hence, I felt that my work does not represent who I am.
Through this manifesto, it serve as a reminder for myself (as a designer) in what I truly believe in design. In short, my values as a designer.
- I will enjoy the process of my own creation.
- The works that I’m doing must be something I’m passionate about.
- Works online and offline serve as an inspiration for me, not to copy.
- It’s ok when my work get rejected at some point of time, just redo it or bullshit throughout it.
- When nothing goes right with my design, I will turn left and take a break.
- I will NEVER force myself in designing! (cause I make crappy things out of it)
- But sometimes, good ideas comes about when I force myself.
Each individual are unique and they have their own values towards design. They might not be 100% agreeable with my values and I’m ok with that. But at some point of time, I hope that designers take some time and reflect upon themselves and their values.
Why I use Memphis art movement?
“In the eyes of the memphis group members, modernism was lack of personality and individualism.”
This relate back to the background history of my manifesto where my work does not represents my personality.
“They break the rule of modernism, free themselves and opened up to new experiment.”
In my manifesto, the last 2 lines are contradicting to one another. This shows that I have set certain rules for myself, but at the same I’m free to break, remove and add in more rules and value into my manifesto. As I grow as a designer, there will definitely be changes to my values
When we were testing our prototype and concept to our target audience (students), we started by introducing them what is introversion. So we started with this question: Have you ever felt a little tired by the company of your friends and the people around you? That’s the introvert in you!
Then we state our problem statement: NTU students with a degree of introversion need to be able to express their introversion without being disturbed when eating in school and without being judged by their peers.
With the feedback given, we started to input some visuals into our prototype.
Above images shows the same layout with different designs. We couldn’t decide which design to go with, hence we decided to open our questions to the class. Most of them preferred the colourful background, but not lines and change of colours.
After our presentation, the main concern was dialogue behind our space and how we could create awareness about introversion to the extrovert students.
Firstly, we came up with our logo named rertrEAT, a place for solo diners in NTU. Why we came up with retrEAT or the narrative behind retrEAT is shown in the image below.
During our presentation, we tested out the message with our classmates. Instead of saying “I’m dining solo, please…”, we changed it to “I’ don’t FOMO, I just…” and “I’m not anti-social, I’m just…” to fit into the millennial slang. Here are what some of them wrote:
Then we proceed on with our prototype. Here is a rough sketch by Tuyen.
Feedback given was:
- Most of the classmates enjoyed being able to write the message at the back of the chair. It felt something personal and people will know whether to approach or not.
- It seems like a lounge instead of a canteen.
- Can create better designs for logo and the message.
- Maybe this space can be used for events such as having introvert talks by famous people.