John Fiorelli Interview for PressPausePlay
First, I think that we all should be aware (if you are not already) of this new documentary coming out soon! PressPausePlay is a film compilation of interviews discussing "the digital revolution of the last decade [that] has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities." And asks the question: "But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?" See PressPausePlay website.
What really interested me when finding the movie, was this interview with John Fiorelli about Cut & Paste and seemed more appropriate for the blog. I had no idea that there was a "live digital design battle" in existence and it strikes me with the thought of what is our current design evolution? We have previously discussed the incorporation of our process for capstone to be somehow included in our final gallery presentation and I think that Cut & Paste is if anything, reinforces the idea. Fiorelli very eloquently discusses the importance of process and the unseen art of design that people do not really consider when looking at our final work. I know everyone has heard that person who questions our existence, who has a mac and the software and claims equal capability in doing our job. But, but these events really reinforces and legitimizes our existence with in the world/society. And I think that these events are extremely important in raising awareness for our field and creating a new appreciation for designers, most of whom are "unseen." Fiorelli wonderfully says that Cut & Paste should be a "catalyst for positive change," and I find myself drawn to their mission statement, to be a "social arena for the discovery, advocacy, and elevation of design." This video in contrast to the trailer for PressPausePlay gives me a very positive affirmation for the future of design and reinforces the fact that there are people actually out there trying to redefine our industry (positively) in ways we have yet to think of.
(Coudal, Threadless, No Pattern, Red Car, & Leo Burnett judges)