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I am a recent graduate of the Stamps School of Art & Design, at the University of Michigan. My focus while studying was industrial design, however I also studied graphic and web design. I now hope to begin a career as an industrial designer creating meaningful relationships between objects and people.
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To me, good design is about creating relationships between objects and people that develop during everyday life. These relationships begin the moment a person first becomes aware of an object, whether in a store or via an advertisement, and is strengthened by every part of their interaction with that object. Some … Read More
To me, good design is about creating relationships between objects and people that develop during everyday life. These relationships begin the moment a person first becomes aware of an object, whether in a store or via an advertisement, and is strengthened by every part of their interaction with that object. Some of the most important questions a designer can ask are, "How does the object speak to the consumer from a distance on the store shelf? What kind experience occurs when a person removes the product from its packaging and holds it for the first time? How will the object fit into a person's life from then on?"
 
For example, a dining room table isn't just a piece of wood with four legs. A table has a role within the life of a family. Every day the family sits around it and eats, talks, and interacts with each other. Designing a table that facilitates this causes the object to become a part of that family's life. This doesn't just apply to furniture but to all home goods, toys, and appliances. Waking up to a coffee machine that you don't have a good relationship with––because it doesn't work well, is ugly, or takes up too much space––is as uncomfortable as waking up to a flatmate you don't have a good relationship with. Either way it will start your day off poorly. Emotional relationships to the objects in our lives are very real.
 
I believe the main challenge for a designer is to create intrinsically appealing and functional objects and products that form a relationship with their user. When this is achieved, it means you're not just creating an object, you're creating an experience, and subsequently, part of someone's life. Read Less
Member Since: May 1, 2011