Declan Behan086 052 8097
The Conditional Design Manifesto is a manifesto for artists and designers. “Through the influence of the media and technology on our world, our lives are increasingly characterised by speed and constant change. We live in a dynamic, data-driven society that is continually sparking new forms of human interaction and social contexts. Instead of romanticising the past, we want to adapt our way of working to coincide with these developments, and we want our work to reflect the here and now. We want to embrace the complexity of this landscape, deliver insight into it and show both its beauty and its shortcomings. Our work focuses on processes rather than products: things that adapt to their environment, emphasise change and show difference.”
Muir McNeill says that design is about systems not ideas, they put forward that ‘ideas’ are unnecessary and problematic. They are interested in the concept that ideas are less important than process of inquiry or discovery. They subscribe to the idea of Parametric design, which is a process based on algorithmic thinking that enables the expression of parameters and rules that, together, define, encode and clarify the relationship between design intent and design response.
However so much of design and type design is about feeling. Judgement always comes into play and the question of when to override or change a system. To describe the problem is part of the solution. This implies not to make creative decisions as prompted by feeling but by intellectual criteria. The more exact and complete these criteria are, the more creative the work becomes. The creative process is to be reduced to an art of selection. Designing means to pick out these terms, designing calls for method. Following the conditional design manifesto, logic is our tool. We use logic to design the conditions through which the process can take place. Constraints sharpen the perspective on the process and stimulate play within the limitations.
TYPO one of Europe’s annual type design conferences is coming to Dublin. Each conference has a general topic or theme which is explored and discussed by speakers at the event. This year’s conference will explore and question what is the role of a designer in a world where technology every day becomes more and more user, situational and system driven. The aim of this project is to create a variable typeface system that could be implemented and used as the identity for the conference.
Declan Behan086 052 8097