Posted by: Carolyn Stewart | September 28, 2008

thoughts after review

Thoughts that came up in mind about design in general:

·         Tradeoffs with a lot of stuff. Like with Chris’s high tech insole—yeah a lot of manufacturing and production and technology and not recyclable or w/e—but smart.  Good use of technology—technology isn’t the enemy-it can just be easily mis-used. Like the internet I guess. But there’s a trade off with how much this is gonna help with how much harm it will cause. Its kinda like a see-saw, and when you can increase the trade off distance (between harm and help) its good. But it’s tough to determine the harm/good cuz you get into quantifying—and you can’t really quantify life. Even with ok, 30 people not falling or dying as soon is worth 40 pounds of pollution from the plants that makes this thing. You can’t really do that. But all I’m saying is yeah its bad to produce crap. But it’s good to produce good stuff—seems simple but sometimes I argue with myself that it’s good to just not produce stuff. At all. But I don’t know. I guess that goes with your design philosophy—but some of this should be more fact so ppl can’t get away with as much crap design. But what are you gonna do.

·         With homelessness and other stuff (people’s behaviors) – we can’t change them. But we should try. Cuz we could change them. So I guess we can change them. Homelessness, to me, is insolvable. But we should try anyway. Maybe improvements are better than trying to solve world peace. But maybe sometimes we have to try to save the world and then be ok with just making it a little better.

·         More on the “ongoing process” thought: we’re so trained in the educational system to think incrementally, and although it’s called building blocks, it’s really not. It’s cram for the test and then forget most of it. It’s cram for this project and then move on to the next one. Sure you retain some stuff you learned, but you don’t redo the test just for yourself, and you don’t redo a project or pull it out to improve cuz you’re too busy working/cramming for the next one. Is it a logical system b/c we’re so fast paced? Is it the only way really? I wish there was a way to change it. At least with the design process—we’re basically trained this way. Not to blame the system, but it’s true. We don’t see it as an ongoing process or as future minded. Maybe we can’t change the system and it’s just up to us—we have to take initiative and see it for ourselves as portfolio/ongoing things. Like the lady said – it’s not cheating to bring up past projects and improve/make them happen. I just don’t think this way so it’ll take some adjusting.

·         Thoughts about elderly – came to me when I was in review. So I thought about how, like David said with the “quiver’s” and skills to add to your repertoire or w/e to use in jobs/life or whatever. These are mainly to better yourself just for the sake of improving and success and also for getting a better job because you have more skills. People skills, more practice, better sketching, awesome concepts, whatever. It puts you a step ahead. That’s why there’s promotions and stuff cuz ppl are constantly (some are) improving and adding to themselves to get to their potential—whatever that is. It’s like we know we’re not perfect, but we try to get as close to it as we can. And perfection is relative to what we think would be perfect. But the thing is, whether in learning skills about homemaking or about the stock market, when you’re an adult or w/e you’re always needing to learn and improve right? So think about when you’re kids are all grown up and you’ve retired and now what you’ve been so useful in doing is now not there anymore. Your purpose in being a head executive for a company isn’t there, your skills in knowing how to get stains out of clothes, or the best way to make a sandwich, or how to multi-task between work and family; they’re all gone. Not that you didn’t learn stuff from them and you can still use some of that stuff later in some way, but the bulk of it is gone. So you’re sitting there, with your spouse maybe, hopefully, and your purpose essentially in family/work is gone. What do you do? You think it makes sense b/c you health isn’t what it used to be—but I wonder if in some cases it’s not that because you’re older you’re retired, its you’re retired and not doing stuff, and also/later you’re health is bad. Maybe not, but maybe. I guess people either see retirement as an opportunity to do whatever the hell they want (that their body will allow) whenever, or they see it as inevitable and boring slash resting.  It’s like well I’m bored but I don’t wanna work—I’ve done it for the last 30 years you know? So I’m sure they semi enjoy being grandparents and doing little chores and taking little vacations and watching TV. What else can they do? I don’t know I guess I just hope that the curiosity of life doesn’t leave me and that I can fully enjoy getting older. It is depressing, but It can also be cool with the right attitude—like that older guy who visited us before the project. It also gets into what is your real purpose, is it just defined as a great industrial designer, or a great husband/mother/etc? is that it? Oh, I’ve had a good life and worked hard and made a great family. Is that all? I don’t think that’s all there is, but that gets into my thoughts about a differently purposed life. Which is in the personal tab—although I guess your thoughts about life/desi9gn/etc should be personal cuz it is, but I’ll keep em separate for now.





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