The Importance of Design
The meaning of the word Design in the way I write about in this article is a process of shaping products. When originally thought of almost 100 years ago, it had the purpose of adding qualities to already well crafted and produced products. It was the time when responsible craftsmen and artisans were in charge of those matters. A code of ethics, tradition, and pride caused many products to become heirlooms and today can be admired in museums of modern art. This came at a price.
Affordability was the initial target, early mass production achieved this goal, without any loss of quality. Not much later, more qualities found their place on this list. These were: Fitting easily, unobtrusively in diverse environments, easy and safe usage, efficient use of resources and material, increased utility and longevity. Information on those topics was drawn from research on the environment of use and the users themselves.
I have written about this topic because of my deep concern over the decay of design quality, the state of the consumer society and the resource and waste problems, which threaten our planet as we know it. The body of papers is on my website INGENIOUS under the heading Design Creativity. Click on the title to read more…