Recently we were asked to read an article about design for class. Here is the article. Our assignment is to react to this piece. If I were to describe it in one word, I would say "Compelling".

The article discusses design as both a "noun" and a "verb". The author states that "we are surrounded by design". I completely agree. Right now as I type this I can appreciate the aspects of design in the keyboard, Mac, mouse, and even the chair I am sitting in. Each has it's own unique design solution. I do not live in the middle of nowhere, so wherever I am I interact with the product of an individual's mind. The room I am in was designed to house me. It's not too big and not too small. Certainly, architecture is everywhere. Every object I use is also a product of design. In fact, the clothes I have on have been designed by people I may never come to know!

As a verb, design describes a process. This process is meant to find solutions to everyday matters in an effective and aesthetic way. Most of the time I do not consider this definition of the term. However, after reading the article I appreciated the brainstorming involved in coming up with specific looks and dimensions. 

One question the article asks is about personally applying the design process. Honestly, I believe that people may use the design process without even realizing it. For example, I use design to organize my school material aesthetically. I also try out different layouts in my bedroom. The design that is more welcoming and efficient draws my attention first. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this article. It gave me a lot to ponder. 


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