Technology has allowed us to resolve the severe dictations of paper that limit the design potential of our imagination. With a few clicks of a mouse, today's computer programs have the capacity of presenting nearly an infinite number of examples of what the materials at hand are capable of becoming.
Today, we are no longer limited to the vision and skill held in the mind of a single designer. With the advent of computers, we achieve more variation and fluidity in our designs. But how will these advancements affect the future of individual artistic contribution? Will the 21st century see an end to art as we've come to know it? Will the loss of artistic human expression parallel humanity's simultaneous quest to streamline (with true low-drag coefficient forms) the world and our existence in it?
Exploring the history of human achievement goes hand in hand with exploring the history of human thought. I have long-since believed that we can learn more about ourselves by exploring the genius and ingenuity that initially went into making the objects our species created when we first exhibited more creativity than was functionally needed (Tanzania, chopping tool).
Take for example the artistic composition I myself drew (below) whereby I imagined what type of logo Escher might have designed had he been contracted to do so by The Coca-Cola Company. Sure, it's been edited and cleaned up a bit in Photoshop, but I drew the original image by hand. If you look closely, you can even see where I pressed down too hard with my ink pen, smudging the otherwise clean-looking lines. Admittedly, it's not flawless.