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  • by Helen Galioto
  • 2 blocks • 3 minutes ago


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Textbook Otis

  • by LB S
  • 510 blocks • 6 minutes ago

Ethics & Aesthetics

  • by Juicy Bits
  • 6 blocks • 8 minutes ago
Form Follows Function seems to be something solid. Something designers could always count for, to be there for them to lean on in case of doubt, confusion and uncertainty.

Feelings, emotions, aesthetics,… on the other hand, seems to be much harder to comprehend on the conscious level. And much harder to express. Even harder to argue about, or to prove them right or wrong with an argument. Which this block contains different perspectives about.

"A thing is not beautiful because it is beautiful, as the he-frog said to the she-frog; it is beautiful because one likes it." (Bruno Munari)

"I always encourage my students to pay attention to the artistic movements. That honest designs must do more than satisfy the necessities of the market – they must give more comfort and devise new solutions. Design has more to do with everyday life than history." (Achille Castiglioni)

"I mean you can say that form follows function has been abused as an excuse for shitty design and absolutely boring, inhuman architecture. Products are not for themselves, products are for us. And it must be understood that it’s not about aesthetics and being cool or whatever. It’s about the real life – improving real life. People want to be convinced by emotion not by rationale.“ Hartmut Esslinger

Form Follows Emotion

Added by Julie Secher
Updated 8 minutes ago


  • by Matthew Almeida
  • 15 blocks • 12 minutes ago

PVRIS by Eliot Lee Hazel

Added by Matthew Almeida
Updated 12 minutes ago


  • by Elisha Cohen
  • 15 blocks • 14 minutes ago

Design Studios

  • by Omer Faruk Kocaaga
  • 1 blocks • 15 minutes ago

Expressive Artifacts

  • by Matt Khinda
  • 7 blocks • 25 minutes ago

Sociologist Erving Goffman wrote about 'expressive equipment', the things "intentionally or unwittingly employed by the individual during their performance*". As a designer, I am interested in the design of these 'things' and the power they hold in aiding an individual to explore and perform ideas, thoughts, feelings they weren't initially consciously aware of.

I intend to borrow and adapt this idea of 'expressive equipment' into that of 'expressive artifacts.' The primary difference being the scale at which these expressive tools exist. While the word equipment suggests structures to move through or position yourself on—a sort of experiential architecture—the word artifact is drawn from the language of product design to imply a smaller-than-human scale.

*Goffman defines performance as "all the activity of an individual which occurs during a period marked by his continuous presence before a particular set of observers and which has some influence on the observers."

Added by Matt Khinda
Updated 25 minutes ago

Expressive artifacts should be 'mirrors' for the exploration of the self.
To do that they should...

reward patience
provide a sense of wonder
celebrate ambiguity
leave space for the user but not be empty
be narrative but not prescriptive
contain layers but not barriers

Added by Matt Khinda
Updated an hour ago

Related thoughts to explore more deeply

  • the persistence of physical objects
  • the development of personal narrative in relation to objects (family heirlooms, worn clothing, etc...)

Added by Matt Khinda
Updated an hour ago


  • by Jack Wedge
  • 161 blocks • an hour ago
A black and bloody Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball... © The Works, Missing in Action Films, Funny Farm Films (2004)

Six Shooter (2004) - Martin McDonagh...

Added by Jack Wedge
Updated an hour ago

The Sight of Apparent Time

  • by Jacob Everest
  • 15 blocks • an hour ago