The DESIGN "issue" :)
Re-connecting with the Design Council. A friend recently forwarded an email from the UK's Design Council. I was reminded of the magic of living in London, where design of all kinds is celebrated in museums big and small and revered through everyday interactions.
Design is what happens when people use creativity to solve problems.
Computers and coffee cups, skyscrapers and socks. Everything not made by nature, has been designed.
Living in London cemented my understanding, fascination, and love for design. Thank you, Sarah for getting my brain on this tangent once again!
Meeting Loona. We have yet to meet personally, but I enjoyed getting to know the new portable urinal via this WSJ article on how "redesigns change the game for health products." I'm impressed with Loona's aesthetics and its as-advertised functionality. This design-led vessel would have come in handy while pregnant and during postpartum. Now, I'd love to give Loona a go (pun intended!) for driving around with young kids.
Saying "duh, of course!" Nothing delights me more than seeing the obvious in action – for the greater good. Enter Platio solar pavement tiles, a brilliant way to generate solar energy on existing concrete real estate. From shared city spaces to private driveways, Platio pavers look like a practical and effective solution across diverse considerations in the built environment.
Imagining the possibilities for Fab BRICK. From a French company transforming textile waste into material for design and architecture, we get a foundational form for countless applications. Of course, the retail displays made me weak in the knees.
Please, show me more. There's a hypnotic sense of satisfaction in watching how things are made. The videos from Proccess X in Japan present "all processes around us to you." It's that simple. Videos, or procecesses, run the gamut from everything and anything you could buy in a store and might use in daily life. Like the Design Council puts it, "Computers and coffee cups, skyscrapers and socks. Everything not made by nature, has been designed"...and made. Press play on Process X and watch our man-made designs unfold on the manufacturing floor.
Smiled in agreement to this podcast episode on "our mind's capacity to hold memory, impart meaning, and attach emotions to everyday objects." So much of what the host shared is part of what made my store's motto Experience Your Everyday. And much of what he said now resonates as a parent to two young children and making our current house a home.
Cheers to looking around our designed world and not taking the little and big things for granted.