I am taking an intro to design class. I was reading the first chapter of our textbook when I ran into a whole section explaining why scrapbooking isn’t design! It was pretty involved but the gist of it was that the purpose of scrapping is for you to see notice all the ind’l elements ie photos but for a piece of art to be considered good design you should see the overall piece first, not the ind’l elements. Therefor a scrapbook, by it’s nature, isn’t a unified design. Now, maybe this was true back in the day but I consider my pages art. The photos add to the design but when you look at my pages (I think anyway) you see the overall design first. In fact, the overall design leads your eye to the main focus, the photos. Any thoughts on this?
One of the ladies on 2peas brought up the point that I am using design and art interchangeably. Clarification- my title is an oversimplification of the issue. So as not to cloud the issue here is the exact wording.
They are discussing “…visual unity-the whole must predominate over the parts….each item may have a meaning and certainly add to the total effect, but if the viewer sees merely a collection of bits and pieces, then visual unity doesn’t exist.”
“This concept differentiates a design from the typical scrapbook page. In a scrapbook eachitem is made to be observed and studied individually, to be enjoyed and then forgotten as your eye moves on to the next souvenir. The result may be interesting but it is not a unified design”