Today was very exciting. I had been wanting to go to to the National Portrait Gallery for a while. None of my friends were interested and I didn't want to force them so I decided I would go by myself this weekend since they were abroad. I woke up around 8 for some reason, even though I wanted to sleep in. I worked in my sketchbook for a while, and then around 2pm I decided to walk to the Gallery. It was around a 2 hour walk, so I decided to just go for it and discover. In those two hours, I walked 13 kilometers and went through Finsbury Park, Holloway, Angel, Holborn, Leister Square and Covent garden, which was insane. I then arrived 2 hours later and stayed at the gallery for about an hour and a half until it closed at 5.
I know you might think that going to the National Portrait Gallery would not be beneficial for my project, but I kindly disagree. As a Designer, you need to understand the needs of the people, whether past or present. I read books and watch documentaries all the time about the reasons why people did what they did and do what they do. Why are there a concentration of African Americans in Chicago, New York and Atlanta? Why are we biased against one another even though we share 99.99999% DNA? Why are we treating the planet the exact same way we did 20 years ago, even though we know the damages we're making? I find answers to all these questions by going to exhibits, reading book, talking to people and so forth. By going to look at portraits of kings from the 1800s, and random servants from the colonial period, I find answers to my questions. It also gives me the opportunity to think about my project, while admiring the incredible detail in people's eyes, or the perfectly painted folds on a woman's dress. I absolutely loved going to that gallery, and I will definitely drag my friends to it very soon.
I also watched a documentary today on sharks, and another series with Steven Fry on conservation of species. Sounds a little random but there are a lot of issues concerning the extinction of all these animals, that are primarily caused by pollution and mass-poaching. I think that I may want to address that issue in my project, and maybe turn it a little in that direction. I think as designers we need to do something that will help the state of our planets. However, I do believe it does not have to be direct. For example, by creating a smart trash mechanism, you can insinuate people to dispose properly of their wrappers and takeaway boxes, without asking them for loose change for a cause. Maybe I'll do something with that, I don't know, but I'm excited!
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