As designers, we are fortunate to be part of an industry that defines ‘work’ as something we all wanted to be doing in the first place. Our job does not begin when we set foot in our studios and end when we leave, we live and breathe design – from the sweeping curves of a car, the converging lines on a building, the aesthetics and functionality of an electronic gadget to the use (or mis-use) of Photoshop in a magazine ad or billboard.
This isn’t obsession – if this doesn’t come naturally, then you’re not doing it right. Of course, there are still varying degrees of commitment. Where do you draw the line between form and function? As my wife is also a designer, our children don’t stand a chance. My daughter’s high chair (a Mozzee Nest) looks fantastic in our retro-futurist 1960s/2060s house but when she was small enough to fit into the seat, she spent most of her time trying not to slide out again – but it looked great!
As you can probably tell, I don’t subscribe to the theory that form must follow function – this tends to rule out most purchases from HP, Volkswagon and the majority of new builds from Mr. Barratt, and Mr Wimpey.
I hope this blog proves interesting and informative in equal measures, with a running commentary on design, technology, publishing and all that revolves around them.
I hope this blog proves interesting and informative in equal measures, with a running commentary on design, technology, publishing, innovation and beyond.
As I said in the closing remarks of my TEDx Athens talk:
"I'd rather apologise for something awesome than ask permission for something lame"
Dean (or @activrightbrain)
As Head of Innovation at Brandwidth and the former Vice President of the Chartered Society of Designers, my views on design, technology, publishing and innovation are from a creative, business and social perspective.
All views expressed here are my own and do not reflect the opinions of the organisations I represent.
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