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12/12/2013

The Copy-Paste-Sin mantra.

Globalization, and an open-source mentality have changed our thinking almost overnight about what constitutes a copy versus an original. Copying not only has legal and cultural repercussions; it bears on moral and psychological issues as well. 

A 'forbidden copy' of the Chest Drawers, by Tejo Remy.
The concept looks as if it wants to be copied.  
Fear of Being Copied
Every art or design student has likely had some fear of being copied, or that what he creates is actually a copy of somebody else's work. No designer likes to hear, “your work is exactly what designer x did in the mid nineties (or something similar).” The fear that an idea, form, or material will be stolen by another has the same foundation as the fear that one is “stealing“ (from?) oneself. This fear is completely understandable: the uniqueness of a creation is being threatened by the possibility that someone will copy it. And uniqueness--or call it originality--is at the heart of western European creativity. 

3/25/2013

designing design education.

Design Education is a growing sector. In Western Europe the amount of Master studies in design is on the increase. In Eastern Europe, India and China the amount of Bachelor studies is growing and the amount of students per school or studio are growing as well. Besides the numerical growth, the Design-field is widening as well: New fields of design emerge on an ongoing basis. One can think of social design, interaction design, service design and design thinking. These are all sectors of the design field for where studies are being developed or will be developed. More and more different schools have a design related study in their curriculum, design is being taught in both technical-, managerial- and artistic schools and Universities at all of levels. Lucas Verweij initiated a roundup in corporation with DMY and the Dutch Embassy


12/05/2012

Design and Innovation

Design is strangled by innovation. Some people (including my wife) say "If there is no innovation to a design, it isn't design, its craft or folk art. Innovation is thereby not a progressive act for a designer; it is in the nature of design. Since we are neither folk-artists nor craftsmen, we are driven to innovate,"

I do not agree, and argue with my wife about it frequently. I think designers are much too focused on the innovative. Innovation has been the collective obsession of the design world throughout the last century. I think we should let go of this obsession in order to make more objects of quality. Because quality does not necessarily equal innovation.