Where else — whether in a piece of writing that you find outside of the reading list, or in someone else’s creative practice — can you find evidence of a similar or opposing position?
A few days ago, I found a statement demonstrating a correlation between web design and architecture. It explains ten similarities by substituting elements of architecture with a virtual site. ‘Relating web design to the practice of architectural space-making may provide us with practical approaches that are helpful beyond workflow optimizations.’ by Website design as architecture (Müller, 2019). This position demonstrates Adhocism (Jenks 1972) which said ‘This metaphorical transformation of everyday objects is found everywhere in culture’ and also connects to my own emerging position. I enjoyed translating one form into another; indeed, looking for similarities is inspiring and helps the design process connect to new contexts and approaches. Looking for structural similarities and mechanisms is much akin to my own approach.
I am interested in repurposing a system to another system within a limited boundary. I am developing how fundamental mechanical principles can shift to graphical music notation; however, this required an element of rethinking with regard to how a context can change based on a different medium. In addition, I am enjoying dealing with films and moving images that are digitally made. I believe that the digital form expands the freedom of expression and delivers concepts from designers to viewers in a straightforward manner. I can easily adjust time and space through different dimensions such as 2D and 3D in the digital space. This helps the clear communication of designers’ work by giving more detail information which is multiple languages like visuals, sounds and movements. For instance, when I made a graphical music notation of mechanical movement, I used abstract two-dimensional shapes and linear perspectives. Interestingly, after creating a video for showing the notation, I realised that it represented shapes, time and sound in a three-dimensional space. This demonstrates how changing the medium alters the form. In addition, this offers clear instructions of the idea to receivers.
Even though the concerning topic is different, these two projects have a similar perspective, which focuses on translating content to another format and pull out the issues of different materialities and structures of the form. Müller’s work started finding the key features such as function, structure and ideology, that are similar between a web-site and architecture; ‘Relating web design to the practice of architectural space-making may provide us with practical approaches that are helpful beyond workflow optimizations’(Müller, 2020). His idea considers not only critiquing the form of the web-site but also researching the original characters of architecture. It suggests the next steps and a few options to develop the concept by making limited outlines based on similarities and crucial components. Comparing with my language, rather than thinking in a format, he tried to expand the idea from web-site to mobile format as well. By changing the format again, he iterates the same approach and practices the method in the same way. Furthermore, building an archive was one of the most important processes of his project. He used visual organising and documented collateral concerning topics to connect the relationship in an online platform. This powerfully supports the idea by collecting historical data and sharing it on a specific platform. Making connections from one to another would be a practical thinking method.
In short, I saw the same position with Müller’s work in finding an alternative way of a system; but I learned how an idea can be developed by connecting the related subjects. The next step of my project will be setting up an inventory for compiling related ideas. I will begin questioning the mechanical movements and finding the original components of the music notation. I would like to have an archive of systems that are common across different media, which I could subsequently in my design practice in new or evolving contexts.
Müller, M., 2019. Webdesign As Architecture. [online] www-arc.com. Available at: <http://www--arc.com/> [Accessed 7 May 2020].
Grafill. 2019. Grafill Interaktiv: Foredrag Med Malte Müller Fra WAF | Grafill. [online] Available at: <https://www.grafill.no/r21/kalender/grafill-interaktiv-foredrag-med-malte-mueller-fra-waf> [Accessed 7 May 2020].
Jencks, C. and Silver, N., 1972. Adhocism. London: Secker and Warburg, p.41.