Goodness, it’s been ages since we’ve hung out together, or in some cases, we’re meeting for the first time. I’ve been scattered and lacking clarity, and when things get muddy I get overwhelmed. Of course, that means I need to design my way out of the mess, to create order, a framework, some kind of intention to drive me forward in the right direction. Or any direction, really. If all roads lead to Rome, we’re covered. We could take any damn route and we’d arrive, eventually. The key is to put your shoes on and go. Sometimes I forget that sitting around thinking about which road is best does not get me anywhere.
Being creative, being a maker, can be frustrating because there’s often no clear route for us. We need to make up our own map and we’re driving blind. Like the early explorers who set sail on a vast ocean for months at a time, with no landmarks to guide them and no bloody clue what lies ahead, or if they were even going the right way. There was more than one voyage that ended up in the wrong place. But when you’ve been travelling for months and your crew is near death you make the best of any destination, I imagine.
I think of this because I am, apparently, a decedent of several French explorers. You wouldn’t know it at times though. Internally adventurous, I recoil at the slightest setback and cook decent ideas in my brain until they are turned to powder, dehydrated concepts not even palatable fuel for astronauts. Initiatives wither in my notebook until they’re already out-of-style and I kick myself for being so afraid to explore them. What happened to those genes? Have they become mutated over time or are they just waiting to be turned on like a light switch. I hope it’s the latter.
And with that thought I’m here to let you know what route I intend to take for this journal and this wee website. I might get derailed but I trust you’ll hold me accountable, if you’re still out there.
The title of this site or my major theme is Designing Life. The principles of design and design thinking are remarkable tools. We can apply them everywhere and, finally, it’s become a popular concept for the time being, until it’s replaced by something else in a few years. Once your mother and father start talking about design thinking it’s definitely dead. Which is a shame because some concepts are good to keep around; like simplicity, kindness, and truth.
So that’s what I intend to talk about, not so much at you but with you. Because monologues are out of style. But mainly because I don’t think I am some sort of all-knowing source even though the Yoga Sutras tell me I am (and you are too). Because everyone has a perspective with the flickering light of knowledge contained within it. There are many truths, half-truths and misguided ideas about design out there and probably way too many rules. All wise creative people know there really aren’t any rules so we get to play here and have fun exploring. I’m raising my sail, a vast expanse of white space that makes designers drool and letting the wind take me (hopefully somewhere sunny where the food and drinks are all-inclusive).