From the 16 design agendas laid out, those that initially stood out to me were
Sustainability through longevity,
Inspired by nature & biomimicry,
Customisation and intervention,
and Function & interaction.
I am initially drawn to suggest that function and interaction is my design agenda For me Function and interaction is about the users experience of a product, a product that has a use/ reason or meaningful existence. I'm interested in products that enhance the users experience. I will research further into this agenda to see if i can still relate to its methodologies.
. Function and interaction
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”
Albert Einstein (no date)
1) An activity that is natural to or the purpose of a person or thing
2) [mass noun] Practical use or purpose in design
3) A basic task of a computer, especially one that corresponds to a single instruction from the user. (Press, no date)
1) Reciprocal action or influence:
2) Physics A particular way in which matter, fields, and atomic and subatomic particles affect one another, e.g. through gravitation or electromagnetism.
(Press, no date)
This design agenda concerns simple, responsible & interactive products that perform exactly as you would expect, focused in part on form but moreover on the users experience, satisfying the needs and desires of the products user in a functional way, doing exactly what it claims to do.
Function and interaction design agenda Will be concern with Social and material drivers. products designed with a functional and interactive agenda must fulfil their purpose while fulfilling users expectations, complying with the material it is made from but also have a deep understanding of how the user will and can use the product.
Philippe Starck: Stark has spent his career designing objects, environments and appliances that brighten your day bringing love and happiness into your life. "we have two replace beauty, which is a cultural concept, with goodness, which is a humanist concept." (Anargyros et al., 2003, pp. 1 – 2)
Charles and Ray Eames responsible for four decades of groundbreaking 'curved plywood' mass production furniture design. Both Eames were sensationally creativity from photography architecture to teaching and creating films.
Duune and Raby propose a kind of design that is used as a tool to create not only things but ideas. For them, design is a means of speculating about how things could be—to imagine possible futures.
deiter Rams could be considered to have a functional & interaction design agenda. his user conscious interactive Products are practical, pleasurable & 'good' designs, each must correlate with his own 10 priciples: innovative, honest, long-lasting, thorough, aesthetic, unobtrusive, as Little design as possible, makes a product useful, environmentaly friendly & long-lasting.
Achille Castiglioni is another example in my eyes, of a designer with a functional & interactive design agenda. Over his design career his research Into new forms techniques and materials aimed at developing a process of “integral design”. A fantastic example of Castiglioni industrial yet functional and interactive design is his 1962 Arco floor lamp - satisfying the need for direct light on a table without having to fix it to the ceiling. A hole runs through the barycentre which provides a space to insert a simple broomstick so the lamp can be easily moved.
I have found that functional and interactive design is potentially a development from industrial design. There is also a new term being banded around 'Interaction design'. this is commonly associated with the design methodologies used for apps video games and interactive computer software. This shift has not been affected by fashion Will trend instead by the development of technology.
Technology is having an impact not only on what we design but also how we classify our designers and their Design agendas.