What links us with our objects?
“This blog is a collection of revelations I deliberately bump into on the subject. The relation between humans and there objects which has always fascinated me. Because I was born in an era where we bond with our objects. I question what we need, what we cherish, what we look for in an object. As an industrial designer I believe there are too many products in the world now a days and seek to find a way to sort that out a bit. By questioning and reflecting on the function and the origins of an object.”
I am a product, textile and web designer. And as an artist I like to think about our future relation with products.
Today I am looking into designing systems that enable us to incorporate factory waste in making new products. So that in the future we can other wise incorporate systems when designing new products. To incorporate waste as a resource in build new products.
From experience designing cloths, lamps, hand printed tiles and textiles I haves learned how to make things look appealing. But I realize this is not enough to create long lasting quality products. What I believe is that one way of achieving this is to enable both manufacturer and consumer to participate in the design process. Where I believe the role of design is more and more in guiding and enabling ways for custom design.
I see my future as a designer to create new approaches for design. And I believe that the key to achieve this is to involve consumers as well as manufacturers more with their products they use and the making of these products. As a designer I see my self just as a tool and a collaborator finding to create together the best solutions for future products.
My vision as a designer:
Changes work just like money. When money is a measure of how much you care. Because when millions care on the markets they make it worth money. But change works in similar ways the more people are looking for the same changes the more will change. And I think our economy should focus more on the changes we are capable of then on the value of money. You tell me what is it that is more worth to you?
As a designer/artist my focus has always been on change. And this is a very tricky thing because it is always different and never the same but this is exactly what fascinates me of it. I like to find ways to enable change as well as to create solutions based on the changes we face.
Future of design:
We have reached an over load of products in the markets we all realize this. But we insist on wanting what the other person has and at the same time we want to be unique and special. Just like designers, consumers want to distinguish them selves form others. We want to compile our own unique personalized products. Be it a profile on the Internet a webpage a cover for our iPhone or the cloths we ware. If we only would realize we all are born unique and during the course of our lives we become even more unique. So what are we looking for when we search our own identity in the things we buy?
We humans have the need to create the world around us. And as a designer I share this passion fully it has become what I can do best. But on the other hand to be able to survive we have to adapt to the world around us. And as a designer I have come to believe our success as human beings comes from balancing between both adapting to and creating the world around us.
In my opinion design is at the moment still in survival mode. Design exists now a days only to adjust, to fit in, searching for ways to be accepted in the markets trying to survive. Because we seek to satisfy commercial markets and have slowly forgotten that our goal is to solve problems and create paths towards change.
My approach to product design:
- See waste as resources to build new products.
- Recuperate and build on the relation between product and consumer. Where the designer plays an intermediate role between manufacturer and consumer. Inform and teach consumer to relate to the origin of the products they buy.
- Educate consumers to make wise choices start by educating children on how we can base best our choices when we consuming.
- Make less and redirect more. What we make should be made with quality and with the future in mind.
This has always been my ‘why’ as a designer. But I have yet to figure out ‘how’ to achieve this. I know how to make things beautiful this comes from years of experience as a designer. But what I now work on is how I can use this to make high quality and more meaningful and useful products. And I have realized that one way of achieving this is enabling both manufacturer and consumer to participate in the design process. Where the role of design has become more and more of guiding and enabling ways for custom design.
How I see my future as a designer?
I see my future as a designer to create new approaches for design. Being these approaches based not on the markets but on the changes needed in the world. Because I don’t want our ideals and visions as human beings to loose there value on the markets any more. To only get half way through their original goals and only to satisfy the profits and demands of the market.
And the key to achieve this is to involve the public and consumers more with their products and the making of their products. As a designer I see my self just as a tool and a collaborator finding to create together the best solutions for our future products.