I have been applying for lots of internships daily and looking into possible dissertation research. At NTU we have a course, Design culture and context, that challenges you and makes you think about design deeper and analyse what influences it .
For me that’s just an amazing excuse to sit down and spend hours in library reading books, looking for visual evidence and researching different topics about modern culture that influences design. I have become curious about fashion being more political - taking stands about important things that are happening in our society but not really seeing through them but just getting them across long enough to sell stuff and attack attention. All this made me wonder if fashion can really be political? Should I, as a young designer, take a stand for my beliefs or should I just spread the joy of creativity? There are so many things that me and my long hours in library need to resolve.
I have found some interesting help already. Currently I’m very interested in Sheffield University Lecturer and modern philosopher Zygmud Bauman work. I have started his book Liquid modernity and I think his work is going to be a foundation for my dissertation topic that I’m still researching.
Overall, I just wish to understand what kind of designer I want to be. Do I need to make it personal or should I give into the trends that are influencing the consumer? The question that is depressing me is If as a young designer I should stand for something more or should I be commercial and think about how to sell my creativity ?