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The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice by John Maeda, Mara Hermano, Rosanne Somerson

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Contents

Foreword

Preface

The Art of Critical Making: An Introduction

Groundwork

Lesson #1: Begin by looking at options, which is different from acting at random

Lesson #2: Learn to see by thinking more complexly about visibility

Lesson #3: Use everything that you know and record everything

Lesson #4: Don’t try to get to the end without taking all the steps necessary to get there

Lesson #5: Understand that what you are learning is not the same thing as what is being taught

Text and Context: Outward in All Directions

Conversation: Drawing

Thingking

Object Lessons

Conversation: Materials

Anais Missakian, Professor and Department Head, Textiles

Jocelyne Prince, Assistant Professor, Glass

Eric Anderson, Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture

Mark Pompelia, Visual + Material Resource Librarian, Fleet Library at RISD

Graphic Design, Storytelling, and the Making of Meaning

The Nature Imperative

Hands-on Learning and Personal Taxonomies

Biological Guides: Inspiration and Innovation

Scientific Methods: Microscopy and Mental Imaging

The Human-Nature Connection and Our Future

Conversation: Critique

Christina Bertoni, Professor, Foundation Studies

Elliott Romano, BFA 2013 Photography

Norm Paris, Assistant Professor, Foundation Studies

Ian Stell, MFA 2012 Furniture Design

Daniel Hewett, Critic, Landscape Architecture

Eva Sutton, Professor, Photography

Acting into the Unknown

1. Beware generalization

2. Attention coexists with intention

3. Guessing is a valid form of logic

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