Back in 2000 Steve Krug wrote a revolutionary book exhorting designers to transform the web into a User Friendly experience. This concept was so vital that his book (with a few updates) was republished in 2006. The ideas in this book may seem like axioms at this point, but they revolutionized the way we build the web. My favorite chapter is on the common courtesies of making a usable website. Here, Krug explores the all too forgotten element of the user's patience.
(The following is a presentation I gave to the Rotary Club on November 1, 2011.)
There is an uncanny connection between the arts and a particular society. Some how there is a bond between art and whatever progression or retrogression society is making. Be it militaristic, political, social or even scientific art always seems to be avant-garde to significant shifts in society. 5th century Greece gave rise to Pericles as well as to Phidias. 15th century Italy gave rise to Lorenzo de' Medici and to Leonardo da Vinic. 16th century England gave rise to Queen Elizabeth and to William Shakespeare. The Psychological Age of 20th century gave rise to Sigmund Fruad and Salvador Dali. So this begs the question, "What is the connection?" How is art, which is so often relegated to the second story of melancholy emotionalists, connected to so many things that we as a society deem much "more important." I propose that the link, the connection between art and society is a worldview. I think this is the case because art paradoxically speaks both to and about a worldview. It speaks to a society's worldview (either in support or in opposition of it) while simulations speaking about the artist's worldview (either in expression or in communication of it).
I am thrilled (nae honored) to be a sponsor for the first official exhibition for the D'town Arts Coalition. I've had the privilege of meeting many of these talent artist at the Nights @D'town Deck of Arts. For quite some time I have been impressed that there is a connection between art and society. Despite the historical evidence supporting this assertion, too few seem to grasp it until it's too late. Well, let me tell you, these guys get it!