Design for me is an act of creation. Beginning with inspiration a thought appears in the mind, developing in the mind a concept or idea is born. Then the hands begin to sketch turning nothing into something. Then digital takes hold, CAD drawings bring realism and accuracy, determine material and define details.
From there things need to rest, ideas need room to breath, the dust needs to settle, returning if the concept still seems of value.
Past this point the act of creation requires the destruction of something else! Materials must pulled from the earth, a tree chopped down, countless processes to turn one of this planets resources into a workable material.
Therefore the final design should respect and carefully consider the use of materials, carbon footprint, sustainability and whether the creation of the piece adds value or simply waste.
Design is everything, its your toothbrush, your cup and your car. It's an ocean full of plastic and its the hospital bed. Its exploring new materials, creating better machines and sustainable methods of production, it's a push towards a circular economy.
Its form over function, it adds value, its an heirloom not a disposable object to be thrown away once version 2.0 comes out.
Its responsibility, its spaceship earth, for better or worse it's the future but lets hope its a force for good!
Whether weaving a rug, turning a bowl or making a cabinet, the process of creation as a tactile practise is a therapeutic act that once undertaken is often enjoyed.
The creation and completion of an idea brings value to the self, knowledge is gained through the experience of making whereas the act of design and its contemplation can offer many personal insights and rewards.
The act of design and making is a journey, each project a step along a path that leads to some unseen destination.
Most importantly it should be fun!