As a technical
person I have been trained to believe that there is a correct
answer to everything. Unfortunately in Art there is not.
I have tried to understand the elements of Art that make
something pleasing and stimulating to the eye, and what
does not. As an engineer or a computer scientist I would
have tried to generate a formula which defined the probability
that someone would like a piece of Art. Unfortunately I
cannot. In fact I cannot even determine what I like. So
let's investigate a few different images, and decide if
they work, or not.
This, I think, is appealing, especially the
skewed graphic on the left-hand side. I don't quite know
if the text works, but the graphic itself has some impact.
Let's try adding some text to a painting, and see if it
Is this Art? No. Not quite. The colours are
bland, and there is no stimulation for the viewer. So let's
go for total stimulation with something that's so extreme
that it must attract the viewer:
The shock factor of this works, in that anyone
who views this graphic will actually be attracted to read
it, but would they be attracted by the message. Well, I
don't think so.
Well. I dislike this graphic so much that
let's go back to the original design, and try another idea:
But the thing to remember is that I really don't know what
will work for other people. I know what I like and that
can be totally different to what everyone else likes. That's
the problem, really. There's hope, though, for all of us,
in that if one person dislikes your design, then there might
always be someone, somewhere else, that loves them.