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andrew otwell, berlin, Germany and Austin, Texas, 07-Jun-02
Petra and I seem to be pretty much the only ones having a conversation here....too bad. Petra wrote: “I think [Andrew Otwell’s] definition of design as a problem-solving tool is focused on purely commercial design (advertising). I agree...


Marc Rettig, Chicago, 21-May-02
For those that liked Robert Zolna's "Lookspace" (thanks for the kind words) and are interested in the assignment, other student work, and the instructional approach, the next issue of Loop will include a case study of that whole class. Er, soon, I th...


Jonathan Remulla, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA, 09-Mar-02
I feel that the AIGA has taken a big step in actually including Interaction Design. The creation of Loop definitely blurs the line a little more between interaction designer and the traditional graphic designer. Believe me, I am no master at action...


Petra Sell, Antwerpen, 06-Mar-02
[re: Andrew H Otwell] I think your definition of design as a problem-solving tool is focused on purely commercial design (advertising). I agree that in practice the client tends to be the king. Still, there are many disciplines of design that have...


Andrew H Otwell, Berlin, Germany, 18-Feb-02
[re: Petra Sell:] Petra wrote: “I am not sure about the definition of design as a tool to solve problems. Is this what design is about? ... For me, the border between art and design sometimes just melt together. Art is kind of addressing its own...


Petra Sell, Antwerp, Belgium, 06-Feb-02
I am not sure about the definition of design as a tool to solve problems. Is this what design is about? I can imagine—especially with interactive design—there is so much more responsibility and tasks involved. For me, the border between art...


Andrew H Otwell, Berlin, Germany, 05-Feb-02
[re: Jason Tselentis] Sure, it's good that some of these students are being playful, or experimental. That’s design, too, of course. No problem with that. I guess my specific complaint is that the instructors here—with really very few exceptions—seem...


Jason Tselentis, UW Visual Communication Design, Seattle, WA / United States of America, 24-Jan-02
In response to Andrew H Otwell of Berlin, Germany, I have this. Your points are valid and well taken. There needs to be more visual literacy training applied to interactive projects. Form and utility must come before style. Style is something that...


Andrew H Otwell, Berlin, Germany, 19-Jan-02
I’m a little surprised at how many (though not all) of these projects don't really do “design as problem solving,” instead falling into “design as styling.” Personal expression or interactive gizmos aren't really design...


LOOP June 2003 Number 7