Design.

January 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Art is solving problems that cannot be formulated before they have been solved. The shaping of the question is part of the answer.” – Piet Hein

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Sawn Rocks near Narrabri

Sawn Rocks near Narrabri

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/18345117

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“Design is a fundamental human activity, relevant and useful to everyone. Anything humans create—be it product, communication or system—is a result of the process of making inspiration real. I believe in doing what works as circumstances change: quirky or unusual solutions are often good ones. Nature bends and so should we as appropriate. Nature is always right outside our door as a reference and touch point. We should use it far more than we do.” – Maggie Macnab

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Devils Postpile National Monument located in Mammoth Lakes, California. The columns of Devils Postpile were formed when lava cooled and cracked, forming hexagonal shapes.

Devils Postpile National Monument located in Mammoth Lakes, California. The columns of Devils Postpile were formed when lava cooled and cracked, forming hexagonal shapes.

http://www.nps.gov/depo/index.htm

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“There’s an old joke among software developers. When something works in an unexpected but strangely effective way, the developers often kid, “Oh, that’s not a bug. That’s a feature.” While this is usually a joke, designers can use the same technique of reframing the problem when tackling their own projects. In fact, there’s an old joke among designers: “It’s not a problem. It’s an opportunity.” – Dan Saffer

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Skaftafell National Park

Svartifoss, Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

http://giantcrystals.strahlen.org/europe/basalt.htm

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“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Dverghamrar basalt columns

Dverghamrar basalt columns

http://danny.oz.au/travel/iceland/kirkjubaejarklaustur.html

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“The difference between real life and a story is that life has significance, while a story must have meaning.

The former is not always apparent, while the latter always has to be, before the end.” – Vera Nazarian

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At Litlanesfoss, the waterfall cross-sections an ancient lava flow, which formed columns as it cooled.  Its height is surrounded by basalt columns.

At Litlanesfoss, the waterfall cross-sections an ancient lava flow, which formed columns as it cooled. Its height is surrounded by basalt columns.

http://art2shere.blogspot.com/2012/09/beautiful-column-waterfalls-of.html

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“The first fact of the world is that it repeats itself. I had been taught to believe that the freshness of children lay in their capacity for wonder at the vividness and strangeness of the particular, but what is fresh in them is that they still experience the power of repetition, from which our first sense of the power of mastery comes. Though predictable is an ugly little world in daily life, in our first experience of it we are clued to the hope of a shapeliness in things. To see that power working on adults, you have to catch them out: the look of foolish happiness on the faces of people who have just sat down to dinner is their knowledge that dinner will be served. Probably, that is the psychological basis for the power and the necessity of artistic form…Maybe our first experience of form is the experience of our own formation…And I am not thinking mainly of poems about form; I’m thinking of the form of a poem, the shape of its understanding. The presence of that shaping constitutes the presence of poetry.” – Robert Haas

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