at arms length
Arms reach increases over the days. Meanwhile I submit IDEA blurb on the three credos held by NQP since 1998. With some changes I repeat (after me).
Graphic intervention (the emergence of writing) in contemporary cultural production (art, design, theory: publicity) has become a steady release of signs into the tumultuous and media saturated everyday (homeopathy). (Graphic) design is agency (your daily release), seeking to format original content (design equals information). An informed user consults myriad sources while finding limited verification of the material in circulation. The life span of such material is dubious. Its status can be anything between raw and final, between material and product (semiproduct). It can and in many (most) cases should be repeatedly reworked (resubmitted, retrieved, reviewed). Informatic license is both the producers and consumers obligation to perform a daily operation of collecting, processing and distributing information (imagery and text, sound) (download, upload) (evaluation, generation), in a large variety of formats and output media (bits and atoms). Informatic license, like artistic license, marks (advocates, enunciates) the freedom which can be forged from data, for what we optimistically refer to as an information society (100% data. 100% information. 100% content.).
In an information society (early information age) communication spaces (channel, time span) expand, shrink and expand again, and shrink again... split up and cluster in new formations (cloud, density, aggregate), to divide again, infinitely (in all directions). They breath in and out, at the pace of new technologies, their use and their hack, new goods and services, their success and failure, their affordances and limitations (omnia mea in media). Communication spaces grow beyond institutionalization, or formal ownership, they even lack permanent occupancy (log off). Like Matrioshka dolls spaces contain spaces, or nest links to other locations (portals link portals). Meanwhile exquisite enclaves can come alive with presence instantly (flash attention), at every call for mobilization (peer-to-peer). Communication spaces form around shared interests, between ever changing groups of participants. They (we) are the original users of any exquisite enclave (read/write) information space.
The professional (experienced) designer interacts at multiple levels with the informed and informing, reading and writing consumer: a fellow citizen (civic information). The idea of professionality is nuanced by the omnipresent availability of expert knowledge in any field, floating around the expanded dialogue (annotational drift) in the networks. To contain content has become a matter not simply of ideology or design (fix), of invention and articulation (sticks), but of a permanent sensibility to tune input, process and output (mix). A sensibility to the whereabouts and the quality of dialogue between interested parties will find closure nor conclusion in any professional agenda or curriculum. This is probably (what is called) life long learning, in an open source environment. The professional designer mingles with the flash crowd (join today is what they all say), to build a reputation and channel attention in conversational drift (not a sage on the stage but a guide by the side) (agent provocateur) (slob, drag and drop snob) (add on top job).