When I’m not designing, I love to write articles about design trends.
Charles Eames, the iconic architect and furniture designer, is best remembered perhaps for his beautiful chairs. He created several iconic designs that went on to shape (literally) a generation of industrial design and continue to influence designers today. Perhaps more than any other creator, Eames represents to me what it means to BE a designer.
There is a strong temptation when creating anything to try to create the best thing possible: to imbue your creation with every last feature or embellishment that you can think of and then polish it within an inch of its life. And then, once you have created your Perfect Thing, you release it to the world to universal acclaim and unrivalled success, right?
It sounds kind of pretentious, doesn’t it? Designing an experience. But it’s the best way to describe what we are actually trying to do, I think. A smart person once said to me that the experience is not on the screen, it’s in the mind. And I think that’s a great way to think about user experience and product design.