Linking back to First Semester Research
I’m a bit concerned that there is a divide between my first semester research and my final outcome so I’m going to spend a blog post exploring the links between the two. I hope that this can further cement the ethos and values behind my concept as I move into the final stages of developing its message.
In first semester the issues I explored were:
- Jonathan Chapman’s concept of Emotionally Durable Design. Objects are often thrown away because we simply no longer desire them, how can we design objects that people want to keep in the long term through creating lasting relationships?
- People define themselves through the objects that they own and use everyday, and how this links in with the “world” associated with an object and the stories associated with things, especially second hand things. This is complemented by a critical analysis of the “worlds” brands create to help sell their products.
- Further, the “unseen” world behind a product such as bad manufacture conditions or the fact it will sit in landfill, only being in the possession of the user for a fraction of its lifespan.
Stewardship to Objects
Reading Max Liboiron’s article “The Politics of Recycling vs. Reusing” a few weeks ago was a fantastic reminder to me that my project, despite being quite different on the surface, actually addresses most of the issues that I was exploring in first semester. Liboiron speaks about how the re-using of objects encourages the “stewardship and care of objects”, going on to say that this would change our perceptions of the role of objects. “Objects would be re-designed to be durable, repairable and safe.”
I realise now how much of my project was inspired by my experience running de/reconstruct at MAKLab over summer 2015. I think that what I really learned through this that the hands on approach to illustrating problems (people getting their hands dirty!) can really help to engage people with problems.
In addition to this, the section in which we took apart consumer goods really helped to engage people with material value systems. Something that I’ve set as one of my aims for this project.