Justin Childress
Designer & Creative Director


Daily Record

June 13th, 2019

To Start

I choose to start from a point of optimism in art, that to make “art” is good. It better to make than not to make. The second question becomes, then, is it better to display (to disperse) art than it is to hold it close? Is personal art inherently archival?

May 29th, 2019

Performative Art

Today I rather accidentally referred to design as a “performative art,” due to the stress that is incurred from creating things that exist solely in public. You do not design things for private use, or at least for your private use. I suppose that it is possible to design for yourself (only), but it is rare.

May 28th, 2019

Altered Thought

Since graphic design is a symbolic exercise, that also makes it a symbiotic exercise. It is a uniquely two-sided design discipline, in that “reaction” is an inherent qualifier for success. Reaction (in this case) is the subjective response by a viewer either towards or against a specific message. Whereas product design or architecture or fashion design or anything in that realm have the benefit of tactile satisfaction, or testability in the sense that you can find out if “this thing works” by allowing users to interact with it directly, graphic design deals with the intangible and emotional only. 

The way graphic design “works “ is by provoking a change of perception. An altered thought.