“Technical Power and Cultural Demand”

“…The decline of teh age of mechanisation and the discovery of complexity.”

by Ezio Manzini (reference)

  1. “Each solution comes from another; each innovative product represents a diversion from existing ones, and begins with their remake.”
  2. “Man’s activity has reached other dimensional levels, has penetrated into spaces and times that we might imagine, but not understand.”
  3. “In current practice, at the dimensional scale of our senses, functions seem to emerge mysteriously from inexpressive and dumb materials and components.”
  4. “The concept of changing the world by redesigning it has pointed out its limits. The idea of the “final” object has collapsed in light of the evident subjectivity of choices.”
  5. “It more and more frequently compels us to force our attention on the form of the relationships the object defines with the environment in time, rather than on the physical shape of the object itself, on the 4th dimension rather than on the 3 space dimensions.”

My thoughts:

  • I got very discouraged by the bounty of research I found last week, related (sometimes very closely) to my thesis idea. He further iterates how difficult it is to invent purely innovative and new concepts, without basing them on previous research or designs. The time has come where pure innovation might be impossible, but may surface through existing concept inspiration and given a new context of time.
  • “Hacking” further iterates that there is no final “object” in design. Your design could be hacked, tweaked, destroyed, repaired, changed, modified, or split, when put in the hands of a user. Anticipate these changes, and allow your design to morph based on temporal and spatial context.
  • In the debate of temporal vs spatial, temporal will gain momentum to give spatial a deeper and longer lasting impression. Context is king!
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