Challenge 8: Design Point of View

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Over the past year, my concept of design and its fields has grown tremendously.  Not long ago, I considered design to be architecture, graphic design, and industrial design.  Three core disciplines around which other related fields revolved.  However, I got a chance to study and work in user experience design and research this summer and realized the impact the design of our technology has on us.  No design is more prevalent than that of our apps and websites, but this form of design is also constantly fluid, changing sometimes daily and always iterating on itself.  I am fascinated by how design can be inherently cultural yet often so universal.  Much of the objects we interact with each day are apparent themselves of their task and function.  Looking back on my What I’ve Gots, I am attracted to minimalist design that derives beauty from its process and function.  The part of design I am curious about is process.  You can’t force creativity but you can create an environment that is conducive to capturing your best ideas and I would like to find ways to better enable my creativity.  

I believe desirable design is that which we have an instant recognition, curiosity, and connection too.  It both intrigues us yet we somehow know exactly how it works.  To be desirable is to be devoid of boredom, frustration, and needlessness.  Many factors drive deep desirability, such as cultural relation and the risk of breaking the status quo.  However, we now exist in a world where everything must be pixel perfect, and I am more frequently observing cases where a poorly executed product that looks good will gain the attention of many.  As more and more people can create and design with technology, it has become increasingly harder to know what is good and what isn’t.  I have also seen the implosion of brand loyalty, as specialty products and small businesses are becoming more mainstream.  In this new era where much design isn’t reliant on expensive fabrication, I am excited to see how people’s perception and appreciation for design will alter.

My main question is, how does studying the design process of others help you versus inhibit you to think broadly and unconventionally?

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