about . . . visualsyntax

this is visual syntax, matthew burger’s website about his thoughts,
the world and all things important to him . . .
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you might ask, what are some of those thoughts behind visual syntax? here are a few personal observations to provoke responses, reflections on design / design education and their relationship to everyday life. visual syntax is a forum that, without trying to be too clever, brings attention to emerging interpretations of the design profession along with other related fields. it could be that there is no such thing as new solutions to age old problems for our species on this small blue planet. it could be, perhaps, there are only relatively old ideas seen as new solutions within the context of a new times and a new generation. in order to see these ideas with new eyes, we need our youth. the young and the young at heart alike, need to be well educated with a serious dose of informed critical thinking as citizens of the world, so that they can truly become creative voices to future generations.
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design, as a primary form of artistic invention and expression, embraces not only artifact making, but also the meaning we associate with objects through their shaping of our experiences. in design, the behavioral aspects of experiences have always been more powerful than the mere objects themselves. given our current environmental imperative, design will have to have solutions to problems not yet imagined. design can communicate the consequences of human intervention and make meaning out of human intent. this can truly shape our future. in terms of design education, it’s not the objects produced in schools that will have a lasting effect on the individuals, but the experiences of seeing the everyday world anew with a sense of excitement and discovery. the porous boundaries of the creative disciplines have already made a stew of interdisciplinary collaborative activity in our society. given this present moment of creative convergence, the design profession and educational institutions need to focus on slightly forgotten, but important criteria: setting standards for excellence within the educational community and the business environment.
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over time, I have developed a holistic approach to design as well as other things. i consider myself to be a generalist rather than a specialist. usually, i find it awkward to explain my rationale about design in context to the work itself and i trust others’ ability to draw their own conclusions from the work and the work alone. that said, i’m still very curious about other individuals’ interpretations and opinions of what they find here at visual syntax and i look forward to a resilient dialogue in the very near future, to be continued . . .