Talking about building bridges: during his presentation, Aaron Marcus suggested that design ethics should be mandatory in graphic design schools. Later, at the end of the conference, Jessica Ferris incisively questioned what differentiated her work as a performance art director, from shooting a marketing commercial, since in both cases the (visual) tools used to convey the message or please the audience, were universal and thus similar. I had the same question regarding painting: what makes it different from graphic design? I think meaning is what differentiates art from design, and ethics is needed in both. That could be a topic for the next conference: meaning / ethics of the visual language. I foresee endless controversies and animated joint presentations!
This is part of a series of posts on the 11th International Conference on Neuroesthetics (September 2014).