Digital technology has certainly made communication more abundant, accessible, and affordable. When Apple introduced its first hard drive computer, the Profile, it came with a capacity of 5MB. That was about 30 years ago. It’s amazing to see not only how it only took three decades for computer technology to change significantly but also experience astounding changes in every part of our lives through computer technology. Technology no longer exists in a separate lab where only engineers and scientists have access to; it is embedded in business, humanity, politics, art, education, etc. The digital nature of technology includes almost every global citizen at every time and place in the ever-expanding digital cultural landscape.
John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, gave a talk about how art, technology, and design inform and help leaders in our society. This talk confirmed my belief on how digital visual media could only help our clients communicate their thought contents more efficiently and effectively. As I was watching Maeda’s talk, I wanted to shout out so many times, “This is exactly what art therapy does!” Digital media is a great expressive/communication tool art therapists could use to help people express and explore feelings and thoughts as well as engage in new, positive experiences.