Bruce Mau’s provocative work led the way to an era of transformation. Questioning the establishment and aiming the so called “impossible”, who would’ve thought that what he was proposing was as simple as addressing human needs and putting the user right back to where he should’ve never left: the center.
“Dialogue is the essence of the poetic life, for poetry is not only a way to arrange beautiful words about the things of the world, poetry is fundamentally a beautiful way to arrange our lives around the things we meet in our world. after all, poetry is not about me, it is about me encountering you and the world we both share.”
With a global population climbing toward seven billion, with economic turmoil, with resources dwindling, with the planet warming, and with the spate of natural disasters that hit hard in recent years, people have seen that governmental leadership has not risen to these challenges: “All of this contributed to a feeling that began to build a few years ago and it keeps growing. The feeling is ‘I better do something.’”
- from Glimmer, How design can transform your life.
To change the world we ought to begin by changing ourselves. Here’s to the beloved crazy and misfit ones. Let’s get to it.
- Is innovative - The possibilities for progression are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for original designs. But imaginative design always develops in tandem with improving technology, and can never be an end in itself.
- Makes a product useful - A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic criteria. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could detract from it.
- Is aesthetic - The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.
- Makes a product understandable - It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user’s intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.
- Is unobtrusive - Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.
- Is honest - It does not make a product appear more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
- Is long-lasting - It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.
- Is thorough down to the last detail - Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.
- Is environmentally friendly - Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
- Is as little design as possible - Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.
It is coming. Thanks @anoraak