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日本人が知らない天皇の価値と役割

uessai-text : luft2501 : chaosszap : takeori : joker1007 : ipodstyle : yaruo : omoro : futashika :  sampler :  pedalfar :  realtime24 : 参考サイト http://www.infosnow.ne.jp/~sevas/adult/japan/japan2.html 普通に生活して、普通の教育を受けている方なら、聞いたり思ったりする事もあるかもしれません。 「天皇って何してるの?税金の無駄じゃないの?」知らなきゃそう思うのも当然。というか教えてもらえないこと自体が異常なんです。今回は、まずその話しをしましょう。 まず、天皇陛下が普段なにをしてるかというと、お祈りしてるの。 「国民が幸せになるように、日本が平和であるように」って。いやマジで。 と、いうのも天皇陛下は神主の総長みたいなもので、例えるなら日本神道の法王なのよ。皇と兼任だから法皇ですな。なので祈るのが仕事。 「それくらいならいらん」と言う人もいるだろうから、今度は判りやすい価値の話。 世界で一番偉い人って誰でしょ? 判りやすく言えば、世界で最も権威のある人。 もっと砕けて言えば、世界で最も地位が高い人。ぶっちゃけて言えば、皇帝が一番偉い。以下法王、王様、大統領、首相の順に続く。一覧にするとこんな感じ 皇帝(emperor)≧法王(Pope)> 王様(king)> 大統領(president)> 首相(premier) 皇帝と法王の間は一応≧にしてるけど、ほぼ=。ちなみに法皇だと皇帝と法皇兼任ですので更に偉い。で、これを現在の世界情勢に合わせてみると・・・ 天皇陛下(emperor)≧ローマ法王(Pope)> 英国女王(Queen)> アメリカ大統領etc(president)> 日本国首相etc(premier) っつーわけで、天皇陛下が一番偉い。と、まで言わないが、世界で2トップのうちの一人なのよ。いや、マジで。言い方によっては、先に書いたとおり日本神道の法皇なわけだから、ぶっちぎりで偉いともいえる。ただ、白人にとってはキリスト教以外はどうでもいいので、普通に皇帝(emperor)扱いですな。 そんな訳でエリザベス女王だって天皇陛下と同席するときは上座を譲るし、当然アメリカ大統領も晩餐会には、最高儀礼のホワイトタイで出席します。(*注 ホワイトタイの他に、昭和天皇の訪米時には、空港、ホワイトハウスで史上例を見ない米5軍による観閲儀仗も行われた) ちなみにアメリカ大統領がこの歓迎の仕方をするのは、天皇陛下とローマ法王と英国君主のみ。アメリカ大統領に最敬礼させられるのはこの3人のみといったほうが判りやすいか? ローマ法王が来日した際、自ら皇居に赴き、昭和天皇に謁見 ホワイトタイで昭和天皇を接待する米フォード大統領 ついでに言うと現存する最古にして最後の皇帝。文化的にも世界遺産並。 そんな偉い人が国を行き来するもんだから、皇室外交っていうのは、外交官1000人分の威力があるとか言われるわけです。さすがに相手も気つかうしな。 私見で言えば、世界的権威のトップ2の中にキリスト教徒ではない、しかも黄色人種がいるということは、世界の人種・宗教のパワーバランスにおいて、大きな価値があるとも思ってます。 天皇陛下いなければ、名実共に白人+キリスト教徒が一番偉い。ってなことになってしまうしね。 英国女王やアメリカ大統領でさえ敬う(うやまう)ってのに、当の日本人ができないってのはどうよ? 天皇陛下の価値について、判りやすい部分については前回紹介しました。他にも、権威は天皇が、権力は内閣(議会)が持つという分業制のため、誰も独裁者になれないという「独裁者防止機能論」や、政府が倒れて権力が宙に浮いた状態でも、一時的に天皇が権力を預かり、新政府発足後、権力を戻すことにより、円滑に次の体制に入ることが出来る(明治維新みたいに)という「権力のバックアップ機能論」などなど、かなり多機能です。 また、こんな「天皇抑止力説」もあります。天皇の名の下に太平洋戦争(大東亜戦争)を日本軍は戦ったわけですが、これがもう、強かった。正確に言うと、黄色人種の割には強かった。(当時)世界の覇者だった白人に勝てるくらい強かった。 なので、かつて敵対していた国は、天皇の名の下に日本国民が一丸となるのを怖がっているふしがあります。と、なると天皇が存在するだけで、たとえば核を持っているような軍事的抑止力があるのでは?という理屈ですな。 なんかあったら、また暴れるぞ。ってこと。日本人から言えば、天皇の名の下に日本国民が一丸となって戦争するってのは、まず今となってはあり得ない話なんですが、だからこそ、日本人にとっては安全で(敵意のある)他国から見れば驚異という、理想的兵器ともいえる訳です。 とはいえ、いくら偉くて多機能でも、本人が「アレ」ではどうしようもありません。そんな訳で今回は、天皇陛下にまつわる逸話を紹介しましょう。 まずは今上陛下(平成天皇)から。皇太子時代にタイを訪問した際、タイの国王から相談を受けました。「山奥の部族の栄養状態が悪い。特にタンパク質が足りない。」陛下は魚類学者でもあるので、「じゃ、コレを養殖してみてはどうでしょう?」と飼育の簡単な「ティラピア」という魚を50匹タイ国王に贈りました。この魚をタイでは養殖しまくって、タイ国民の栄養状態改善に役立てました。それどころか、バングラデシュへの食料支援として50万匹ほど贈ってます。結果的に陛下は2国の食料事情を救ったことになります。もちろん、一番の功績は一生懸命魚を育てたタイの国民ですが。タイ人も「この魚は日本の皇太子が持ってきてくれたんだ」と感謝してくれています。今ではこの魚の漢字名は「仁魚」といわれています。この話を聞いた華僑系市民が感動して陛下のお名前(明仁)から一文字とって命名したそうです。皇室外交ってやつですな。タイ人の好感度UP!です。 次は昭和天皇。 戦争関係で評判が悪い昭和天皇ですが、実際にはこんな人です。と、その前に戦争当時の天皇陛下と太平洋戦争(大東亜戦争)についてのお話を少ししておきましょう。当時の憲法は大日本帝国憲法。その内容は立憲君主制です。 簡単にいえば、天皇でも憲法に従わなくちゃだめよん。という内容。で、天皇陛下は議会や内閣から上がってきた法案等にOKを出すのがお仕事。OK出すときは国務大臣の補佐なくOKしちゃ駄目だし、そのOKした事柄については補佐した大臣が責任持ちなさいよ。(同憲法55条) 天皇はその時に文句は言えるが、それによって法律を曲げることはできませんよ。(同憲法9条) 天皇は緊急時には法律に変わる勅命をだせるけど、その勅命は次の議会にかけないかぎり、効力を失っちゃいますよ。(同憲法8条) つまり天皇は責任無い代わりに好きなように国を動かせないし、国を動かすのは内閣であり、議会っつー内容です。(もちろん他にもいろいろある) それが立憲君主制。これをまた天皇陛下が律儀に護る。つまり正式に上がってきた事柄については、原則すべてOKを出したわけです。OK出すのが仕事ですから。そんな訳で、太平洋戦争(大東亜戦争)する際も、内閣から正式に上がってきたものだから、OKを出しました。先に書いたとおり、当然、責任は内閣です。 昭和天皇については、よく戦争責任がどうのという議論になりますが、こんな訳で、昭和天皇に法律的戦争責任は無いわけですな。ま、戦争することにOKは出したのですが、結構いやいやOK出してます。戦争前の御前会議でも開戦の詔書でも遠回しに「やりたくねー」と言ってます。 そんなもんだから戦争してるあいだも「早く戦争やめろー、やめろー、和平に持ち込めー」と言ってたんですが、軍部が「大丈夫、勝てますって!」と暴走。国民も支持、内閣も軍部の暴走を押さえきれず、軍部の行動を事後承諾しまくり。(以後繰り返し) 結局、手広く戦いすぎてにっちもさっちも行かなくなったところで、ポツダム宣言が出される。その内容はこんな感じ。こちらアメリカ&中国&イギリスの連合軍でーす。以下の内容を早く飲まないと日本をぶっ潰しますよ。 1.世界征服を企んだ戦争責任者は消しまーす。(ホントに書いてある) 2.武装解除&新体制ができるまで日本を占領しまーす。 3.この戦争前に手に入れた土地も返しなさーい。(なんでや?) 4.武装解除するなら兵隊は普通の生活に戻っていいですよん。 5.戦争犯罪人には罰を与えまーす。 6.降伏すりゃ経済活動や貿易も許可するよん。(軍事関係除く) 7.ちゃんとした新体制が出来たら占領をやめて帰りまーす。 8.この要求を飲まないと、速攻かつ徹底的にぶっ潰します。 軍部は「ふざけるな」ってな感じで「まだ戦えます。勝ちます」とか言っているうちに原爆がズドーン。軍部「本土決戦をすれば、ま、まだやれます・・・」 原爆もう一発ズドーン。 軍部&内閣「天皇陛下、どうしましょ?」 天皇陛下「だから、戦争早くやめろっていってでしょ?うちらは殺されるかもしれんが、日本は助かるんだから降伏しよう。」 そんな訳で日本は連合軍に降伏するわけです。 で、マッカーサー元帥率いるGHQが日本にやってきたある日の話。(こっからが本題) アメリカ大使館内のマッカーサーの宿舎に昭和天皇が訪問した。ぶっちゃけ、マッカーサーは命乞いに来たのだと思った。が、通訳を通して昭和天皇の口から出た言葉は意外なものだった。 「戦争に関わる全ての責任は私にある。好きなように処分してほしい。」 「だが、戦争の結果、国民は飢えている。このままでは罪のない国民に多くの餓死者がでるおそれがあるから、米国に食料援助をお願いしたい。」 「ここに皇室財産の有価証券類をまとめて持ってきた。その費用の一部にあててほしい。」 マッカーサーも、「正直グッと来た」と回顧録で話している。結局のところ、当時、天皇を処罰、処刑するような話になると、日本人の暴動は間違いなく、そうなると占領のやりなおしになってしまうのでGHQも天皇の戦争責任は問わなかった。ぶっちゃけ、まだまだ利用価値があるので生かしておいた。と、いうことですな。GHQ側から言えば。 昭和天皇本人は戦争やめたい、やめたいと言っているのに、軍部が暴走。法律的にも戦争責任は内閣にあるのに、いざ敗戦となれば死をかえりみず「全部、俺の責任だ。」 おまけに私財をなげうって、飢えた国民に飯を食わせてやってくれ。 そうそう言える事じゃない。 昭和天皇については、このような「ちょっといい話」は多く、それだけで本が書けちゃうくらいなので割愛します。 さて、これまで説明したとおり、天皇というものには、「世界で最高峰の権威」があり、「最古にして最後の皇帝」で、「独裁者防止機能」や「権力のバックアップ機能」があり、「軍事力としての抑止力」がある。個人個人においても、外交能力や人格も良好。 で、どれだけこの皇室や宮内庁に税金を使っているかというと、年間、国民一人当たり「200円」月々なら17円弱。安いか高いかと見るかは個人の主観だけども、決して金では買えないもので、しかも世界に誇れるものだということは覚えておいて欲しいですな。 っつーか、教科書で教えろ。   世界の皇室…これが世界の王室社交順位 http://maokapostamt.jugem.jp/?eid=2759 より引用 イギリス連邦、カナダ政府発表の社交序列です。 http://www.pch.gc.ca/progs/cpsc-ccsp/pe/address4_e.cfm Styles of address The Royal Family Federal dignitaries Provincial/territorial dignitaries Foreign dignitaries Religious dignitaries Others Foreign dignitaries Dignitary Salutation Final Salutation In conversation An Emperor His Imperial Majesty Akihito Emperor of Japan Address Your dignified Majesty: I have the honour to remain, Your Imperial Majesty’s obedient servant, “Your Majesty” first, then “Sire” A King His Majesty Juan Carlos King of Spain Address Your Majesty/Sire: I have the honour to remain, Your Majesty’s obedient servant, “Your Majesty” first, then “Sire” A Queen Her Majesty Queen Sophia Queen of Spain Address Your Majesty/ Madame: I have the honour to remain, Your Majesty’s obedient servant, “Your Majesty” first, then “Ma’am” A Prince / Princess With title “Royal Highness” His Royal Highness The Prince of the Asturies Your Royal Highness: I remain, Your Royal Highness, Yours very truly, “Your Royal Highness” first, then “Sir/Ma’am” With title “Serene Highness” His Serene Highness The Prince of Monaco Your Serene Highness: I remain, Your Serene Highness, Yours very truly, “Your Serene Highness” first, then “Sir/Ma’am” Without title “Highness” Prince Alexandre de Merode Princess (full name) Prince: Madame: Yours very truly, Yours very truly, “Prince” first, then “Sir” “Princess” first, then “Madam” A President of a Republic His/Her Excellency (full name) President of the Republic of (name) Address Excellency: Yours sincerely, “Excellency” first, then “President” or “Sir/Madam” The President of the United States His Excellency the Honourable (full name) President of the United States The White House Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. President: Yours sincerely, “Mr. President” or “Excellency” first then “Sir” A Prime Minister His/Her Excellency (full name) Prime Minister of (name) Address Dear Prime Minister: Yours sincerely, “Prime Minister” or “Excellency” first, then “Sir/Madam” or “Mr./Mrs./Ms./ Miss (name)” Ambassadors/high commissioners of foreign countries in Canada His/Her Excellency (full name) Ambassador of ________/ High Commissioner for____________* Address * One exception: British High Commissioner and not High Commissioner for Britain Dear Ambassador / High Commissioner: Yours sincerely, “Your Excellency” or “Excellency” 一番上は天皇 その下にking ずっと下のほうに大統領 挨拶の仕方も違います 伝統とはこういうものなのです 英国の勲章は勲位の高いものから以下のようになります。 ・ガーター勲章(Order of the Garter 日本人は明治、大正、昭和、今上天皇が授章 ・シスル勲章(Order of the Thistle) ・聖パトリック勲章(Order of the St.Patrick) ・バース勲章(Order of the Bath) 日本人は桂太郎が授章 ・聖マイケル・聖ジョージ勲章(Order of the St.Michael and St.George) 日本人は松方正義が授章 ・英帝国勲章(Order of the British Empire) ・メリット勲章(Order of Merit) 日本人は山県有朋が授章 ・コンパニオン・オブ・オナー勲章(Order of the Companion of Honour) ・ロイヤル・ヴィクトリア勲章(Royal Victorian Order) 日本人は東郷平八朗が授章 ・帝国功績勲章(Imperial Service Order) 日本の場合は明治から今上天皇まで歴代天皇はガーター勲章を受勲しています。有色人種でガーター勲章を受勲した人間は、日本の天皇以外にはいません。 ガーター勲章を付けるエリザベス女王 日本の最高位勲章、大勲位菊花章頸飾 上の勲章は日本の最高位勲章、大勲位菊花章頸飾ですが、2008年現在の現存者で日本人で佩用しているのは今上天皇のみ。外国人ではイギリス女王のエリザベス2世、タイ王国のプミポン国王、アメリカ合衆国大統領のドワイト・D・アイゼンハワー(1953 – 1961)大統領が受勲しています。 via specific-asian-flash.web.infoseek.co.jp Posted via web from realtime24’s posterous |  Comment »

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Crank Up Your Design Radar

  No one understands the statement, “design is everywhere” better than us designers. But comprehension and integration are two totally separate acts. From food packaging, to billboards, to book covers, catalogs, websites, and everything in between, we spend the majority of our waking hours on our computers designing and/or looking at these designs through the portals of our monitors. But when the computer is shut down, does your “design radar” go off-line, as well? For instance, when it’s time to grocery shop, are you in the get-in/get-out as fast as possible mindset? Or do you treat the experience as a journey through Design Mecca – with sources of inspiration lining the shelves from wall to wall? When you’re waiting on the unbearably slow line at the post office do you temper your impatience by burying your nose in your iPhone? Or do you make note of the ugly signage covering the walls and kill the time by redesigning it better in your head? “Cranking up your design radar” is about never turning off the designer in ourselves . In this article, we challenge even the most seasoned of designers to approach the most mundane of tasks (going to the bank, post office, grocery store, etc.) from a whole new designerly perspective. How Good Is your DesignDar? It’s not scientific. It’s not empirically validated. But it is the very official designdar test! So go ahead and find out how good your graphic design radar really is: 1. When you’re grocery shopping, do you: completely zone out with just one single goal in mind: getting in and out as fast as humanly possible? only notice design when you frustratingly can’t find your usual box of Wheaties because the company changed the box design once again? get a little giddy being surrounded by such a vast amount of graphic design as your eyes dance around from salad dressing labels to cereal boxes to cookie packaging and everything in-between? The cereal aisle of Whole Foods. Photo Courtesy Stephanie Orma 2. When you’re in the mall, do you: put all your focus on buying new shoes and tune out everything else that does not relate to feet? only notice design when you can’t find the food court on the confusing mall directory and proceed to curse people who do not understand how to create clear information design? find yourself evaluating the oodles of retail graphic design from Banana Republic’s classic logo, to Blommingdales’ tried-and-true big/medium/little brown shopping bags , to Urban Outfitters ultra edgy shadow signage? 3. When you’re in the airport, do you: feel so stressed-out that ugly airport signage is the farthest thing from your mind? only notice design when the airport security guard confiscates your water bottle while directing your attention (with his furiously wagging finger) to the lame graphics on the “no liquids beyond this point” warning sign? readily absorb the good, the bad, and the ugly design from SFO’s fantastic airport museum display of “Wright at Home: Modern Lifestyle Design 1930–1965” (via Terminal 3), to the digitized type on your airplane ticket, to the wholly uninspired layout on the airport parking lot/rental car signage? SFO’s Parking/Rental Car Return sign.

Crank Up Your Design Radar

  No one understands the statement, “design is everywhere” better than us designers. But comprehension and integration are two totally separate acts. From food packaging, to billboards, to book covers, catalogs, websites, and everything in between, we spend the majority of our waking hours on our computers designing and/or looking at these designs through the portals of our monitors. But when the computer is shut down, does your “design radar” go off-line, as well? For instance, when it’s time to grocery shop, are you in the get-in/get-out as fast as possible mindset? Or do you treat the experience as a journey through Design Mecca – with sources of inspiration lining the shelves from wall to wall? When you’re waiting on the unbearably slow line at the post office do you temper your impatience by burying your nose in your iPhone? Or do you make note of the ugly signage covering the walls and kill the time by redesigning it better in your head? “Cranking up your design radar” is about never turning off the designer in ourselves . In this article, we challenge even the most seasoned of designers to approach the most mundane of tasks (going to the bank, post office, grocery store, etc.) from a whole new designerly perspective. How Good Is your DesignDar? It’s not scientific. It’s not empirically validated. But it is the very official designdar test! So go ahead and find out how good your graphic design radar really is: 1. When you’re grocery shopping, do you: completely zone out with just one single goal in mind: getting in and out as fast as humanly possible? only notice design when you frustratingly can’t find your usual box of Wheaties because the company changed the box design once again? get a little giddy being surrounded by such a vast amount of graphic design as your eyes dance around from salad dressing labels to cereal boxes to cookie packaging and everything in-between? The cereal aisle of Whole Foods. Photo Courtesy Stephanie Orma 2. When you’re in the mall, do you: put all your focus on buying new shoes and tune out everything else that does not relate to feet? only notice design when you can’t find the food court on the confusing mall directory and proceed to curse people who do not understand how to create clear information design? find yourself evaluating the oodles of retail graphic design from Banana Republic’s classic logo, to Blommingdales’ tried-and-true big/medium/little brown shopping bags , to Urban Outfitters ultra edgy shadow signage? 3. When you’re in the airport, do you: feel so stressed-out that ugly airport signage is the farthest thing from your mind? only notice design when the airport security guard confiscates your water bottle while directing your attention (with his furiously wagging finger) to the lame graphics on the “no liquids beyond this point” warning sign? readily absorb the good, the bad, and the ugly design from SFO’s fantastic airport museum display of “Wright at Home: Modern Lifestyle Design 1930–1965” (via Terminal 3), to the digitized type on your airplane ticket, to the wholly uninspired layout on the airport parking lot/rental car signage? SFO’s Parking/Rental Car Return sign. Photo Courtesy Stephanie Orma Crank It Up! If you answered anything other than “3” to the preceding questions, than you might want to seriously consider cranking up your DesignDar. Why? Because, to quote Whack on the Side of the Head author and professional creative consultant Roger von Oech, “wherever you go, there are ideas waiting to be discovered.” And since our livelihood is based on our ability to generate creative ideas, inspiration is literally (if we allow it to be) at our fingertips. Thus, paying attention to all the graphic design that exists around us on a daily basis (wherever we go), is a fantastic way of stoking our subconscious with ideas for current and future projects. The ultimate goal, of course, is to have a wellspring of ideas to tap into when brainstorming on just about anything. But more than just playing the “I spy design” game (i.e. “I see design there and there and there…”), what do you think of it? Why is it good design? Why is it bad design? In essence, asking yourself these questions strengthens your visual acumen in evaluating why certain things work in design…and other things don’t. Likewise, constantly asking yourself “the why” is a means to further honing your personal preferences and individual voice as a designer. All of which culminates in giving you a far greater understanding of your craft, yourself, and ultimately enhances your skills as a designer. As a side benefit, it’s pretty darn awesome to get back in touch with graphic design’s enormous impact on society, observing how folks interact with our creations every single day of their lives (even if they’re not aware of it). Remember what it was like walking outside after one or two of your first graphic design classes and seeing the world from a whole new designerly perspective? But as the years pass and you’ve dealt with too many people wanting a “whole lot of something” for a “whole lot of nothing,” that newbie awe of graphic designs vital role in society begins to wane. Outside the world of our computers and our creative jobs, design starts to become silent again. By allowing ourselves to reconnect with that original passion (through observing design in context and not just on our glowing screens), we recharge the batteries to keep on sweating out more great work. Off The Charts So, the next time you go out for that one-hour lunch break, will your eyes still be glued to those electronic devices or buried in a magazine? Instead, why not make a conscious effort to spend the time observing all the graphic design you see around you: from pothole covers to food receipts and anything that catches your eye? Then notch up your DesignDar and do it again next time for a whole day; then a whole week. Pretty soon your DesignDar will be off the charts! But do take heed: with such a tremendous amount of focus on the outside world, be sure you’re still listening to your inner voice too. If your head starts swimming with too much visual stimuli (to the point you feel you might burst!) allow your eyes and brain a little respite with a calming break from it all.

Crank Up Your Design Radar

  No one understands the statement, “design is everywhere” better than us designers. But comprehension and integration are two totally separate acts. From food packaging, to billboards, to book covers, catalogs, websites, and everything in between, we spend the majority of our waking hours on our computers designing and/or looking at these designs through the portals of our monitors. But when the computer is shut down, does your “design radar” go off-line, as well? For instance, when it’s time to grocery shop, are you in the get-in/get-out as fast as possible mindset? Or do you treat the experience as a journey through Design Mecca – with sources of inspiration lining the shelves from wall to wall? When you’re waiting on the unbearably slow line at the post office do you temper your impatience by burying your nose in your iPhone? Or do you make note of the ugly signage covering the walls and kill the time by redesigning it better in your head? “Cranking up your design radar” is about never turning off the designer in ourselves . In this article, we challenge even the most seasoned of designers to approach the most mundane of tasks (going to the bank, post office, grocery store, etc.) from a whole new designerly perspective. How Good Is your DesignDar? It’s not scientific. It’s not empirically validated. But it is the very official designdar test! So go ahead and find out how good your graphic design radar really is: 1. When you’re grocery shopping, do you: completely zone out with just one single goal in mind: getting in and out as fast as humanly possible? only notice design when you frustratingly can’t find your usual box of Wheaties because the company changed the box design once again? get a little giddy being surrounded by such a vast amount of graphic design as your eyes dance around from salad dressing labels to cereal boxes to cookie packaging and everything in-between? The cereal aisle of Whole Foods. Photo Courtesy Stephanie Orma 2. When you’re in the mall, do you: put all your focus on buying new shoes and tune out everything else that does not relate to feet? only notice design when you can’t find the food court on the confusing mall directory and proceed to curse people who do not understand how to create clear information design? find yourself evaluating the oodles of retail graphic design from Banana Republic’s classic logo, to Blommingdales’ tried-and-true big/medium/little brown shopping bags , to Urban Outfitters ultra edgy shadow signage? 3. When you’re in the airport, do you: feel so stressed-out that ugly airport signage is the farthest thing from your mind? only notice design when the airport security guard confiscates your water bottle while directing your attention (with his furiously wagging finger) to the lame graphics on the “no liquids beyond this point” warning sign? readily absorb the good, the bad, and the ugly design from SFO’s fantastic airport museum display of “Wright at Home: Modern Lifestyle Design 1930–1965” (via Terminal 3), to the digitized type on your airplane ticket, to the wholly uninspired layout on the airport parking lot/rental car signage? SFO’s Parking/Rental Car Return sign. Photo Courtesy Stephanie Orma Crank It Up! If you answered anything other than “3” to the preceding questions, than you might want to seriously consider cranking up your DesignDar. Why? Because, to quote Whack on the Side of the Head author and professional creative consultant Roger von Oech, “wherever you go, there are ideas waiting to be discovered.” And since our livelihood is based on our ability to generate creative ideas, inspiration is literally (if we allow it to be) at our fingertips. Thus, paying attention to all the graphic design that exists around us on a daily basis (wherever we go), is a fantastic way of stoking our subconscious with ideas for current and future projects. The ultimate goal, of course, is to have a wellspring of ideas to tap into when brainstorming on just about anything. But more than just playing the “I spy design” game (i.e. “I see design there and there and there…”), what do you think of it? Why is it good design? Why is it bad design? In essence, asking yourself these questions strengthens your visual acumen in evaluating why certain things work in design…and other things don’t. Likewise, constantly asking yourself “the why” is a means to further honing your personal preferences and individual voice as a designer. All of which culminates in giving you a far greater understanding of your craft, yourself, and ultimately enhances your skills as a designer. As a side benefit, it’s pretty darn awesome to get back in touch with graphic design’s enormous impact on society, observing how folks interact with our creations every single day of their lives (even if they’re not aware of it). Remember what it was like walking outside after one or two of your first graphic design classes and seeing the world from a whole new designerly perspective?

Crank Up Your Design Radar

  No one understands the statement, “design is everywhere” better than us designers. But comprehension and integration are two totally separate acts. From food packaging, to billboards, to book covers, catalogs, websites, and everything in between, we spend the majority of our waking hours on our computers designing and/or looking at these designs through the portals of our monitors. But when the computer is shut down, does your “design radar” go off-line, as well? For instance, when it’s time to grocery shop, are you in the get-in/get-out as fast as possible mindset? Or do you treat the experience as a journey through Design Mecca – with sources of inspiration lining the shelves from wall to wall? When you’re waiting on the unbearably slow line at the post office do you temper your impatience by burying your nose in your iPhone? Or do you make note of the ugly signage covering the walls and kill the time by redesigning it better in your head? “Cranking up your design radar” is about never turning off the designer in ourselves . In this article, we challenge even the most seasoned of designers to approach the most mundane of tasks (going to the bank, post office, grocery store, etc.) from a whole new designerly perspective. How Good Is your DesignDar? It’s not scientific. It’s not empirically validated. But it is the very official designdar test! So go ahead and find out how good your graphic design radar really is: 1. When you’re grocery shopping, do you: completely zone out with just one single goal in mind: getting in and out as fast as humanly possible? only notice design when you frustratingly can’t find your usual box of Wheaties because the company changed the box design once again? get a little giddy being surrounded by such a vast amount of graphic design as your eyes dance around from salad dressing labels to cereal boxes to cookie packaging and everything in-between? The cereal aisle of Whole Foods. Photo Courtesy Stephanie Orma 2. When you’re in the mall, do you: put all your focus on buying new shoes and tune out everything else that does not relate to feet? only notice design when you can’t find the food court on the confusing mall directory and proceed to curse people who do not understand how to create clear information design? find yourself evaluating the oodles of retail graphic design from Banana Republic’s classic logo, to Blommingdales’ tried-and-true big/medium/little brown shopping bags , to Urban Outfitters ultra edgy shadow signage? 3. When you’re in the airport, do you: feel so stressed-out that ugly airport signage is the farthest thing from your mind? only notice design when the airport security guard confiscates your water bottle while directing your attention (with his furiously wagging finger) to the lame graphics on the “no liquids beyond this point” warning sign? readily absorb the good, the bad, and the ugly design from SFO’s fantastic airport museum display of “Wright at Home: Modern Lifestyle Design 1930–1965” (via Terminal 3), to the digitized type on your airplane ticket, to the wholly uninspired layout on the airport parking lot/rental car signage? SFO’s Parking/Rental Car Return sign. Photo Courtesy Stephanie Orma Crank It Up! If you answered anything other than “3” to the preceding questions, than you might want to seriously consider cranking up your DesignDar. Why? Because, to quote Whack on the Side of the Head author and professional creative consultant Roger von Oech, “wherever you go, there are ideas waiting to be discovered.” And since our livelihood is based on our ability to generate creative ideas, inspiration is literally (if we allow it to be) at our fingertips. Thus, paying attention to all the graphic design that exists around us on a daily basis (wherever we go), is a fantastic way of stoking our subconscious with ideas for current and future projects