I think if you spend a lot of time looking at work you can start to tell whether someone is successfully doing the thing they are attempting to do. You can recognize when someone’s style is cohesive and consistent. It becomes very much like a language.
I think with design it’s easier to say whether something is good design or bad design as it’s essentially about problem solving (I believe art is about problem-making). If the wheels on my bicycle are square, and don’t spin, then my bicycle is useless. That’s bad design, however you could however argue that the same bicycle is good art.
If you’re asking with regards to what appears on Booooooom, it’s not so much a question of whether something is good or not good. It’s more about whether I feel like it fits with the other work I’m curating for the site. It’s like making a mix tape. If the theme of my mix tape is “90s west coast rap” I’m not gonna put a Wu-Tang song on it. By not including Wu-Tang I’m not saying they aren’t good, it just doesn’t fit with the theme of that particular mix.
I am excited to welcome Vancouver-based photographer Jennilee Marigomen @jennileem as the next guest poster on our @Booooooom Instagram account.
She was one of the earliest supporters of my blog, and has become one of my favourite photographers over the years. I love her ability to find beauty in the mundane, and the quality of light she captures. If the pacific northwest has a photographic style she effortlessly embodies it.
She will be taking over for the next 7 days so follow along, and make sure you follow her personal account as well.