Design Articles

Quicker and more efficient communication between people around the world. This practical idea would make travelling more fun, and much easier for those speaking only one or two languages. The design is comfortable and practical to wear. It also enables the communication between 40 different languages, which is probably more than anyone could need. My only critique is connected to the actual design concept, which is that this device would likely increase the already growing number of forgotten languages. Out of over 6000 languages spoken on earth in the last century, more than half are not being passed onto the new generation. This is a shame because a language is a reflection of a culture, values and traditions. This means that the increasingly global economy is losing authenticity and becoming dependent on technology. Personally as a designer, I aim to move away from this change. Although it may not be the conventional thing to do, it is definitely the right thing for our planet and humanity.

The company 7GODS creates stunning lighting designs. They are a British design company that work with materials inspired by nature, while combining art, sculpture and functionality. The forms they create are very neutral and could fit into practically any modern interior. There is a clearly visible architectural inspiration behind most shapes they create. What appealed to me most was the simplicity of their forms, especially on the last, thin wooden design. However their motto mentioning functionality may be questionable, as the designs seem to let relatively small amounts of light pass through. In my opinion the design’s priority should always be its functionality, before the aesthetic, unless it is purely a decorative piece of design. In which case it would not be a product such as a lamp, but rather a sculpture.

Because I have experience designing an actual lighting design, I realise how important it is to consider how much light will pass through and in which direction, for it to be properly functional. This means that in order to fulfil their purpose 7GODS could consider simplifying their designs further to let more light shine through.

This concept really appealed to me because of how creative and practical it is. Not only that but rather than using more natural resources, it uses old containers which have already been made. Construction activity is a major user of the world’s non-renewable resources, that causes serious concern. This is not only because of the fast rate of depletion of fossil fuels, but also their contribution to greenhouse gasses. The concept is very efficient and cheaper than a normal home. However the permits for it are difficult to get and are not very cheap. The containers take much less time to be built, use less natural resources, yet can still produce absolutely stunning homes. This concept paired up with some space-saving interior could make a great home. I recently read an article that mentioned by 2030 six out of ten people are expected to reside in urban areas. With a growing population this could be a problem. That is why we will need to learn how to live in a more minimalistic way.

This topic links well with one of my favourite types of interior design, which is the adaptable, space-saving design. These simple, minimalistic, double-use designs are the best way to go. You can not be messy or dirty with this kind of interior, because it can only be used when the space is relatively empty. The design around us in our everyday lives, impacts on our habits and the way we behave. Within a small, clean and practical space, positive habits and thoughts are inspired. The first article is on a bed design, which pulls up to the ceiling. This is a great and efficient idea, because when you think about a one room apartment or any small living space, the largest area, is taken up by the bed. It also encourages productivity, because with the bed out of the way, you can be more aware how much time you spend in it and improve your routine.

The second article describes a plywood apartment, which also contains adaptable furniture, but at the same time gives a more homy, cottage feeling. This seems like it would solve a problem, which many people would find unappealing about the space-saving concept. The problem of having an atmosphere which is too modern and quite ‘cold’. Many of the older generation would not want to live with this kind of interior, because it lacks that inviting and comfortable feeling. However in this cottage-like atmosphere, the feeling would still be there, because wood is perceived as a more natural and comforting material than plastic.

The efficient spacial arrangement also reminded me of the Frankfurt kitchen design, which allows less time spent on walking around and makes cooking run more smoothly. This should be considered in building any minimalist space, how the general flow of a routine movement is supported by the interior, rather than prevented. The space should encourage productivity, efficiency and a clear, happy atmosphere.

A little more architecture and interior…

Inspiring words, for a great concept.

This article captured my attention because of its title; “Designing for Immortality”. This article is one of those that gives me the most reassuring feeling that I am definitely on the right career path. Not only that, but the right life path. Because design is much more than a career, it opens up a new way of thought, taste and life. For me, it has shaped the person I am today, through all the trial and error as well as research into others’ inspirational works. I like this idea, because it goes against the standard rules of interior design and architecture. The thought behind the concept is strong and creates a great platform for a revolutionary design. The problem I would see, is that creative minds, such as the designers who created the concept would see its value and other designers might see it too. However the general public tends to be scared of the new and ‘unknown’. People prefer to associate themselves with what they are use to and know works for them. There would probably be many people who would look at this concept and immediately come to the conclusion they could never live like that. Which tends to be the problem with designs that are too ambitious and different. Sometimes as a designer, you don’t even realise, that most people will not look at the same design with the same opinion. Each design can only go so far with its function and aesthetic, but the end user must meet it half way and be willing to at least try and use it. A good example of my point would be the iPhone design. It is definitely the most popular phone on the market, not because it is the best, or even the most appealing in aesthetic, but because people are used to it. They trust it, because they are familiar with it, because their friends and family trust it. To create great designs you have to understand the public’s view and mentality towards it. This is because the psychology behind each purchase is influenced by many aspects. If a designer wants to sell their product, they will have to understand their target audience, that is where research is extremely crucial. Not only to sell the design, but if it has unconventional benefits to the customer’s life, which they are unfamiliar to, the visual communication needs to create a clear explanation. To dive back into the article; the design is in many ways daring to the public to try something completely unfamiliar, which is very risky. However anyone even remotely daring or adventurous should definitely try to live in a more relaxed, fun and a little challenging atmosphere. In the concept I thought the great purpose behind this design was best described through the following words; “Invites optimistic and constructive action”. These are the only explanation anyone should want or need to be convinced of the concept’s benefits to their life.

This is such a fun artist concept, making life better, safer and more fun. The idea is not only very useful and potentially life saving, but also a great way to attract potential visitors to the area. Public artwork has been known to influence travelling destinations, like for example Amsterdam. Optical illusion is extremely fun and witty, however the danger in a small fishing town would be, that the drivers would soon realise it is only an illusion. This would mean that after some time, they could get used to the design and drive carelessly again. Overall, the idea is ambitious, has great potential and I think should be introduced on a global scale, to make our world a little more fun and possibly safer.

Although this article is in French, it is very self-explanatory through the visual language on the photographs. The 20 practical and creative designs inspire thinking out of the box, exploring materials in an unconventional way and awareness of function and practicality. When I see these kind of designs, I am always inspired to create something better and more space-efficient. There is a lot of thought and logic involved behind these concepts, because their functionality depends on careful, precise measurings and calculation. There is also the consideration of material suitability and how it fits in with the design idea. These are challenges a designer has to overcome through research, trial-and-error and understanding some of the physics and capabilities/potential of materials.

Due to the huge damage caused by tsunamis and earthquakes around the world these two survival designs are a great solution to ensure safety and survival. They would create protection for families while providing as much comfort as you can receive in the horrific situation. I think these concepts are worth developing and perfecting, because they focus on more pressing matters in life than just having a variety of products to chose from on the shelves of supermarkets. Concepts that actually improve life or save it (and are not being thrown away daily) are what this world desperately needs more of.

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