Lucky Thirteen

Technology is often a double-edged sword. On one hand, advances that have been made in the digital realm in recent years have opened up a whole pile of possibilities for people to express themselves. Blogs, YouTube videos, Facebook, self-publishing of manuscripts, digital still and video cameras, autotune, graphic design programs,  the list is virtually endless.

It’s led to an explosion of  creativity. In some ways, that’s great. In other ways… not so much. Just because a person owns a quality digital camera, for instance, doesn’t necessarily make them a good photographer. Similarly, just because a person has some capacity to operate Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw and other software programs doesn’t make them a good graphic designer.

At prairie dog we occasionally weigh in on different design decisions that local and provincial governments, businesses, artists and others make. Overall, it would probably be fair to say that when it comes to design our city/province has plenty of room for improvement.

On Jan. 23 at Artesian on 13th there’s an interesting event called Thirteen. Inspired by the year 2013, presumably, the event is sponsored by the South Saskatchewan Chapter of Graphic Designers of Canada and a local group called Not Nowhere, and pairs 13 photographers with 13 designers. Together, each twosome has created a poster that riffs on the theme of 13. 

On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. there will be a reception at the Artesian where the posters will be available for purchase via silent auction. Tickets are $5 and can be obtained in advance from Mysteria Gallery or at the door. Proceeds go to Not Nowhere, which is an organization supporting creative communication in Saskatchewan. Here’s a link to the website.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

16 thoughts on “Lucky Thirteen”

  1. What an odd and poorly written article. What are you saying? There is good art and bad art? Thanks, captain obvious. And to use such a clunky and obvious statement to segue into disussing an event meant to foster creativity in our community? I don’t get it. Did you see the pieces before you wrote this? Did you not like them? It seems that is what you are intimating. Which is fine, if that’s your opinion. You have also proven any bozo with a keyboard can be a writer. Kudos.

  2. Baikman: Did you click through to any of the links? The first was about how Regina’s new R logo from McKim Cringan George looks suspiciously like the R logo for Romanian Television. The second is to a heated debate about the new Saskatchewan logo. The third is to the new Leader Post design which the author says he likes. And the fourth is to a post where our editor lauds the work of the artist Kota Ezawa and suggests that prairie dog’s design owes a debt to him.

    The point being that graphic design gets discussed on the blog fairly often.

    If you’d actually read Greg’s post and were familiar with his other writing, you’d know that what he’s suggesting is that people should go to the Thirteen show at Artesian because that’s where you’ll find interesting, competent local design.

    Congratulations. You just proved it’s possible to type words on the internet without being able to read. Bozo.

  3. Completely disagree – yes, I looked at the links. But a well-written article also needs to be a coherent, self-contained piece that lives without link context. I have read his other writing. That’s what made this one so confusing. I get that the prairie dog comments on art and design – the peacok strutting and chest thumping about how great you guys are was made abundantly clear in this piece – and apparently you can dish out criticism but not take it in. The ‘bozo’ retort was warranted, but for you to question my ability to read or my intelligence just shows how pompous and out of touch this paper can sometimes be. I feel I asked some legitmate questions. Perhaps you should follow your own rules and “play nice and rant well”. Nice to know you think you are beyond criticism. Please add “jerk” to the previously written “bozo”. I look forward to your eye-rolling, snarky retort, filled with sub-conscious ‘pffts’ almost as much as I look forward to you taking the high road and not writing anything.

  4. “If you’d actually read Greg’s post and were familiar with his other writing”

    Its an unreasonable burden to put on the reader that they be familiar with the writers opinions before you read them in the article.

  5. I have to agree with Baikman. I’m completely confused by the tone of this article. You appear to be passing judgement on an event that was yet to occur. You state, “overall, it would probably be fair to say that when it comes to design our city/province has plenty of room for improvement.” Really? It would probably be “fair” to make that statement? Based on what, your TWO examples…one of which was a design created by McKim Cringan George based out of Winnipeg? Even if you did happen to get a sneak peek at the posters for this event and thought they were all horrendous, I really don’t think that entitles you to make the generalization that our province (or city) is lacking in talented Graphic Artists. We’ve actually got plenty of talented artists here. It’s your kind of baseless negative commentary that fuels the false perception that we don’t have talent here, and that ultimately causes people to look elsewhere for the kind of talent that’s right under their nose. If only that nose wasn’t planted so far up the arse.

  6. When I read the article I got the impression that the writer was using the show as an example of “when it comes to design our city/province has plenty of room for improvement”. I didn’t see anywhere that commended and the designers/photographers involved as being professional or competent, which they are!

  7. Okay, I think Greg MEANT to say that Thirteen is an antidote to amateurish design but he didn’t actually WRITE that, so commentators were confused and complained. Well, good. Criticism is good.

    I couldn’t make it and we didn’t cover it (which sucks but we can’t do it all) but I was excited about Thirteen. We need more events like it.

  8. And I didn’t actually WRITE that because I did the post up in advance of the event in order to bring attention to it and thus wasn’t able to see the posters beforehand. So I wasn’t in a position to comment on their quality.

    And there’s more to good design than just the creative side of the equation. People in decision making positions in government, businesses, whatever, also have to do their part to support quality design.

  9. Baikman: So I’m a douche if I respond with eye rolling and snark. And I’m a douche if I don’t respond at all. Should I assume that if I apologize you’ll accuse me of sarcasm?

    I don’t get it. I responded in the exact same tone you brought to bear on the OP (except my last line was funny) and now you’re butthurt? All because I challenged you because your outrage seemed so exaggerated and seemed to come from so far out in left field that I couldn’t tell if you’d even read the OP?

    And then you talk to me about not being able to take criticism?

  10. Everybody else: I really like a lot of design that’s going on in Regina. The work of Articulate Ink jumps to mind. They’re awesome.

    In fact, one of my favourite up-and-coming illustrators in the world is from here.

    So, coming from that perspective, I knew instantly that what the OP was doing was contrasting some hamfisted corporate and political attempts at design with the more interesting stuff that’s actually being done on the ground here.

    See, I like Regina so I didn’t come into this post assuming the worst.

    But yeah, I can see if you come here thinking “Regina is shit” and “prairie dog is shit” that you might be able to project that sentiment onto this blog post.

  11. Exactly. I am butthurt. Bravo. Thanks for the italics too, I didn’t get what you were saying. Actually my original post commented on the way the article was so disjointed – with an opening that has nothing to to do with the show,and all about how the PD is an apparent expert on commenting on design.Without the links to add context it had quite a negative bent. And the context shouldn’t be needed. It should be all there in front of us. Perhaps the bozo comment was out of line, my apologies. But you accused me of not reading the links and questioned my abilty to read or get it. Quite a disparate tone from mine, but that’s my opinion, to each their own. And YOU called YOURSELF a douche (see what I did there, repurposing your italic aesthetic, but with all caps – thanks it really works!). While I appreciate that level of self-awareness, I never saw you as that. A jerk, yes. But a douche? Never. I was a-ok with you writing a response, I expected to have my intelligence questoned yet again for having an opinion. I was just ok if you didn’t. I hope my words didn’t cause you too much butthurt.

    And your last line wasn’t actually that funny – I guess your self-awareness runs hot and cold. But you’ll get there some day. Keep working on it.

  12. In hindsight, readers and the event’s organizers would have better served by an article that focused on the event, instead of clumsily tying that event onto an overlong lead about recent design decisions taken by local folks.

  13. The leading on the comments here is way to tight. Let the lines breathe! Maybe try increasing it to around 1.5 times the font size.

  14. Okay. You’re right, Baikman. You never called me a douche. Jerk, yes. Douche, no. I merely inferred from your comment that you may think of me as a douche. I’m sorry I went into your comment assuming the worst. I should have asked for clarification, the way civilized people do out in civilization — said, “Hey man, what did you mean by that thing you wrote on the internet?” — instead of first reaching for the rhetorical knives. But I didn’t.

    Beyond that, on the subject of italics, I spent several hours in the late nineties learning html tags and I will use them every chance I get — every chance.

    Yours in butthurt and irony,
    Paul Dechene

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