Day 1 Hyper:

For the first day in the hyper formalist group the discussion focused around several recurring aspects including the definition of Pluralism, Automation and Visual Rhetoric. The main discussion also encompassed a debate about the essence of a Hyper Formalist and a Post Formalist to which most of the group concluded there could be no one answer, no one definition and no one gaze to analyse design education from.

Pluralism Group:

  1. Randy
  2. Shannon
  3. Rob
  4. Joel

Definition: A condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist).

Is pluralism this about agonism? as in conflicting forces? or co-exisiting? Bubbles of thought could be considered pluralism, but even within pluralism we are engaged in bubble type thought feedback. What is true pluralism?

Automation Group:

  1. Tasheka
  2. Anja

Automation is about teaching students to see technology as a conceptual tool rather than a formal tool. When are students learning design processes and when are they just engaging as users/consumers? Automation is creating conditions, creating a framework so is automation an essential part of design? Does automation have to be technology? Isn't all of design automation because it's a series of steps, a system? What if you could tell Siri to design a poster or website?

Visual Rhetoric Group:

  1. Tanya
  2. Sue
  3. Chris
  4. Kelly

In a way Visual Rhetoric is a graphic design basics. Visual rhetoric in relation to automation. What are the elements prescribed in the automation process a symbol of? Why do we presume that grids are the main organising principal? Thinking visually is part of visual rhetoric. Why are we drawn to certain things?Understanding where our tastes come from. When you have access to all the visual aesthetics what do you make?