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The Evolution of a Graphic Design Thesis Statement
Thought it would be interesting to show how my thesis statement has progressed over the last 8 weeks. I guess shorter is better, huh?
In 1957, Roland Barthes defined myths as a type of speech which includes elements of good and evil, gods and heroes, and a tale of creation. Myths began as a way for human beings to explain the inexplicable, to make sense of the world around them. These days however, there is a scientific explanation for everything; consequently, we worship objects instead of gods. Using Barthes’ philosophical writing as a starting point, I intend to explore the mythification of modern commodities, and the way our society is obsessed with giving life to things not in our own image. In breaking down everything from our iPhones to wall art as myths, I will examine the evolution of values from throughout the 20th century to present day, identifying my own generation’s role within a post-structuralist world.
Since the beginning of time, mankind has formed stories to explain what we cannot understand. Mythologies with themes of good and evil, gods and heroes, and a theory of creation appeared independently around the world, revealing our inherent need for meaning and myth. I will examine how these stories still govern our lives, by mythicizing modern commodities of the last century to show our evolving values.
Our time is marked by the rapidly changing field of technology, and we are driven by an urge to succumb to the mythical appeal of modern devices. Inspired by Roland Barthes’ book Mythologies (1957), I will analyze the products that surround us in our everyday life, discerning from them the true values of our society and highlighting the contradictions of our time.
As we grow increasingly reliant on them, the products in our lives become reflections of our values. Through analyzing the functions of modern devices and services, I will uncover the myths of what they represent to us, revealing the contradictions of our time.
That’s it so far. Presenting my project for the first time on Friday, to a panel of 8 professional designers. I’m terrified, but we’ll have to see how it goes.
I am interested in language because it wounds or seduces me.
Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text
Looks like I’m doing my thesis on Barthes. Excited to finally have the chance to combine my graphic design work with my passion for philosophy/cultural studies. Stay posted to watch my project evolve.
Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You wil get an an enormous reward. You will have created something.