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Weekly theme – Skills of the Modern Designer

I thought i’d have a go at focusing the mind and create a series of weekly blog posts on the modern designer.

New technologies have changed the role of the designer over the years but the principles do remain the same. Hopefully this series will explain the how different skills and methodologies set design professionals apart, whilst highlighting the core skills and competencies that all designers have.

First post will be next week.

Happy reading,

Design Got Small

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2012 has turned out to be amazing for sport. The UK’s collective morale has been lifted by moments of pure inspiration of the highest calibre.

Last night proved to be the latest edition of sporting heroics, with Europe providing the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history. Watching Ian Poulter near single-handedly create moment out of nothing, Justin Rose’s monumental 30-foot putt on the 17th stunning the US team into doubt, Luke Donald’s calm head, Paul Lawrie’s battering of golfs form player, McIlroy’s brilliance, Westwood’s big match moment, Garcia’s Ballesteros spirit and Kaymer’s German steel sparked thoughts of Wiggins, Farah, Murray, Ennis, Peacock, Rutherford et al. The spirit of Seve provided such an emotional cause for Team Europe for fight for, and it is that which truly sums up British sport this summer. Pure emotion and fighting spirit.

Sport has provided such a welcome relief in a difficult time and for that I say thank you, my faith in humanity is once again restored.

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How houses should be built…

I’ve been working in R&D within the construction industry for the past 4 months.

What has struck me most?

How pre historic the UK house building industry is.

House builders lack of ambition and innovation (which is assumed to mean risk) is quite startling given the technology available. According to the house builder, consumers want to know what they are gettting when they buy a house and again they have assumed that that means building houses in the same way and style for the past 30 years. Increasing pressure to improve the rate of construction and quality of houses has provided a significant challenge to the people who are building the UK’s houses on mass, mainly where its hurt them most, their wallets.

Innovation in housing comes from the tiny spec of society who are willing to take, what is percieved to be, a high cost risk. Criticism from the ‘real world’ usually means these innovations are kept for the elite few but, alas, maybe we have found a comercially viable, high performing alternative to the downright awful housing currently being produced.

Facit Homes, recently exhibitioned on Grand Designs, uses on-site manufacture to build beautiful houses, at an affordable price, that actually performs to the standards required in the modern world. Lets just hope more powerful suitors jump on the band wagon and push this technology. Housing that is actually designed for the user.

An example of a well designed house.

With a well designed manufacturing method.

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UK Cycling Infographic

UK Cycling Infographic

Sky are working wonders for cycling in the UK; SkyRide, Wiggins, Cavendish.
This is definitely the starting point for a personal design project in the near future.

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What side of the brain are you?

What side of the brain are you?

Does the way you think reflect on your political thoughts?

This lovely little visualisation by Mercedes dangles that question at me.
In life there are those lefties.
In life there are those righties.
But most people fall in the middle.

Design is the optimisation of the left and the right….