Very long time ago I told myself that being able to feel sad is essential. Today, I look into my mind, wondering how it is possible to stay quiet without appearing passive. I could find even more “descriptions” to fill the room in my mind so that the true guest of “feeling sad” wouldn’t have a seat for this party. Fair enough, a party full of lies.
Yes, paradigms from the old design world is being overturned by the internet, to which many objections are meaningful. But I believe designers, the type as a culture observer and innovator, should embrace changes faster than average and push the way towards the next marginal point of expression.
Only a civic place nurtures intellectual growth. Free trade and free markets, in some occasions, are backed up by beliefs. A layer of hypocrisy is inherently embedded in productization of design.
Let's talk about "value" today. Let's not talk about ideologies, morals, or hardcore principles of certain philosophies. Instead, let's talk about a narrative.
You have a genius sketch of an object that represents your ultimate ideal, and a vacant land. Now you want to make your sketch real by building something. You will have to face the reality of materials, cost, craftsmanship, and availability of scale on the basis of a human being. You are smart enough to quickly realize that this "built object" is no way what you were original sketching, and very likely you won't be disappointed as long as the process of development is validated. But would you ever be satisfied, instead of getting peace out of compromising, without an essential backing behind the process?
Compromising is inevitable, and the principle of this action can be volatile as well as absolutely empirical. It is your freedom—or the manifestation of your free will—to make the choice, and it is not the point. The point is that pushing through the other path, out of practice, to find the backing "value" is a rewarding exercise, even if by nature the statement above is a posteriori.
A simple solution: clean up all the irrelevant and make the most beautiful thing.
I have been speculating what should be the core value for me as a designer. The most aspiration comes from the desire to embrace imagination, to enjoy ultimate beauty and to be enriched by the depth of life itself. Why is paradigm important? Let's take it as a part of conversation, or a tool for a fighting, and that's all.
Part of the content has been deleted and rebuilt again and again. Like what some other beings do, this is the authentic struggle striving for something that cannot be named. However, despite knowing that nobody is to blame me, I would feel bad for leaving it behind if merely because of its incapability to be named...