The Importance of Graphic Design as Contemplative Art
We called it a “contemplative design adventure.” In summer 2012, I traveled through Mexico for three weeks with six of my top graphic design students. We meditated regularly and sought out experiences of landscape and culture that could galvanize their practice as designers. Our ultimate goal was to create a book together: a full-length visual album of images inspired by the trip. The university where I teach and serve as Graphic Design Department chair, Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), supported this concept and fully funded it.
The idea for the trip sprung from my philosophy that graphic designers must develop a heightened sense of perception—a way of seeing, appreciating, and being that helps us authentically reflect the external world through design. I wanted to help the students cultivate this expanded awareness through meditation and travel, and I wanted to see how these practices would inform their art.
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