The Journey Into Design

Being vague allows for more freedom of expression

Keep your head in the clouds

Being vague on details in your creative work can allow for more freedom of expression, but it comes with advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of being vague on details:

  1. Interpretation: Vagueness can invite the audience to interpret the work in multiple ways. This ambiguity can lead to a richer and more diverse range of audience responses and interpretations, making the work more open to personal meaning.
  2. Universality: Vague details can make a story or artwork more relatable to a wider audience because individuals can project their own experiences and emotions onto the work.
  3. Emotional depth: Vagueness can sometimes evoke a deeper emotional response. By leaving certain details open to interpretation, you allow your audience to fill in the gaps with their own emotions and experiences, potentially creating a stronger connection.
  4. Creativity: It encourages the audience to engage with the work on a creative level, filling in the missing pieces with their imagination. This can be especially effective in interactive or participatory art.

Disadvantages of being vague on details:

  1. Miscommunication: Too much vagueness can lead to misunderstandings or misinterpretations of your intended message or theme, potentially diluting the impact of your work.
  2. Lack of direction: For some audiences, vagueness can be frustrating if they are looking for a clear narrative or message. It may leave them feeling lost or disconnected from the work.
  3. Difficulty in engagement: If your work is too vague, it may fail to capture the attention and interest of some viewers or readers who prefer more concrete and detailed storytelling or art.
  4. Artistic challenge: Striking the right balance between vagueness and clarity can be creative. It requires careful consideration of what to leave open to interpretation and what to provide as concrete details.

Ultimately, the decision to be vague on details in your creative work depends on your artistic goals, the medium you’re working in, and your target audience. It can be a powerful tool for expression, but it should be used thoughtfully and purposefully to achieve the desired impact and engagement with your audience.

I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.