Thursday, November 13, 2008
Do You Dare-A Designer Challenge
I was going to post new releases from the last two weeks tonite, but with all the chatter and noise going on about the "Flickr that shall not be named"this week, I thought this would be more fun. I have lots of opinions about it and criticisms in general where things like this are concerned. For the most part to me, opinions are like well you know...that certain part of the body and everyone has one. Thinking them and saying them out loud are two completely different events. I've definitely looked at someone's clothes, avatar or ads and said wtf were they thinking (to myself or my partner in IM) but I have never badgered or embarassed someone let alone their entire business or brand. I have no right. While something may not be to my taste (poofy baby blue gowns, bling or "couture" for example) someone else may ADORE it. Hence relativity...eye of the beholder yanno.
What I especially abhor and take offence to and get ANGRY about is belittling, non-constructive humiliation by a large group focused on a particular person. For those of you that enjoy this sort of thing...have at it. I wouldnt want to know you and I've found out there are a lot of other people who feel the same way. We've all made things that we are embarassed by in the past and I know that for a fact. So I'm gonna put a challenge to other designers. Take it or not no pressure but I'll be the first.
In the Do You Dare Designer Challenge...I want you to have the first laugh AT YOURSELF. Post a pic or ads of something you made back in your early days of designing that you are embarassed about now. Something where the seams dont line up, the shadows are awful or dont exist at all, that really UGGO texture you cant believe you thought you could make a dress from, that first pair of shoes that make you wince now when you think someone actually paid for it, that really bad ad...anything. Just be honest with yourself and post it without fear thinking...how would I feel if someone posted this picture and let the community as a whole jeer at it and taunt me over it calling me names and saying I was talentless and should quit. Thats the way every person on that Flickr felt when they saw their work posted that way.
So...take my challenge? Why don't you. I'm gonna ask that no one get nasty in the comments, this is about laughing at ourselves and lightening things up not putting down others. I feel good doing it. And I'm hoping in showing where I was a year and a half ago, new designers will see we all started out making badly constructed, poorly textured and wow, just fugly stuff. The next time you want to laugh and point publicly at someone, instead try telling them great effort, I can't wait to see what you're doing in six months!
BTW Bloggers are also welcome to participate, post that embarassing photo! Go for it!
PS: All these (really awful) outfits were made Summer 2007 when I was first learning. That simple skirt has 32 prims and was hand placed lol and wow those pants have no seams or edges
-eyeroll-wtf was I thinking
Posted by Ivey Deschanel at 9:53 PM