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Subject:

Re: Roots of theories about designing

From:

"Owain Pedgley" <[log in to unmask]>

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Owain Pedgley

Date:

Wed, 18 Oct 2000 12:58:45 +0100

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Carl

I'm in tune with your sentiments.  I'm of the view that good Industrial
Design is a result far more of a particular view of life and living than it
is of any kind of engineering procedure.  It is about being wrapped up in a
world of evidence-based and imaginative thought and about applying one's
feelings and desires for transforming 'what is' into 'what can be'.  As you
say, the spirit.  Sure, novice designers need advice and descriptions of how
people go about designing.  Research can help achieve this end.  But to
fully comprehend and appreciate the important role of the self when
designing, in my opinion one must actually engage in designing.  Things
start to fall into place then.  The tricky bit (from a research perspective)
comes in articulating what it is one is experiencing and drawing upon when
designing.  There's a large tin can brimming with worms for that one.

Nice plug by the way.  I wonder if my local bookstore has a copy.

Cheers,
Owain

PS. I've CCed this to the phd-design list where the discussion was
initiated.

---
Dr Owain Pedgley, R&D Industrial Designer
Sports SET Network
www.sportsetnet.org.uk
+44 (0)114 222 7853


----- Original Message -----
From: Garant, Carl <[log in to unmask]>
To: 'Owain Pedgley' <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 11:02 PM
Subject: RE: Roots of theories about designing


> Agree. Design is ubiquitous and fundamental to the human spirit. Yes, the
> spirit. As long as non-material elements and universal principles are
> disregarded as integral to the human experience, e.g. intuition,  because
> they can't be "measured", design will never find its rightful place in
> humanity's evolution. The scientific paradigm still reigns supreme while
> sentient investigations into that which has non material origins is
ignored.
> There's no music. The piano player is ill. So lets fix the piano. Its not
> rocket science, but simple evolution smacking us in the face one more
time.
> Here's a selfish plug ... read "The Tao of Design". Sorry .... but I had
to
> do it. But seriously, do we need a PHD in Design to continue research into
> the workings of that damn piano?
> C. Garant



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