Even though I’m a designer, I don’t have a background in Art, but in Communications. My younger self wanted nothing more than to become a journalist, but now here I am! This background makes me naturally curious and inquisitive, a designer with creative and critical thinking skills. But above all, it makes me an avid media & culture consumer.
When I was in University, I was really blown away by the field of Cultural Studies, and although it now has some concepts and theories that might be outdated, it set the base for a bunch of contemporary ideas that are shaping us today. “Cultural studies researchers generally investigate how cultural practices relate to wider systems of power associated with or operating through social phenomena, such as ideology, class structures, national formations, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and generation. Cultural studies views cultures not as fixed, bounded, stable, and discrete entities, but rather as constantly interacting and changing sets of practices and processes.” Doesn’t it make sense that designers know about this?
While this looks super dry and academic, what I took from this was mainly my ability to always question the things I’m consuming and understand who and how they’re serving them. Just to keep my eyes open.
Cultural studies made me an avid media consumer, and even though I always have a critical eye, I don’t shy away from binge-watching and enjoying some problematic tv shows on Netflix. I shall not be judged.
In here, you’ll be able to find a list of things I’m reading, watching, and listening.