TherearemanythingsIdoduringatypicalday–designing“stuff”isjustoneverysmallportion–butIstillconsidermyselfadesignermoresothanaprojectarchitect。

SinceIworkatasmallishfirm,everyonewearsmanyhatsandnobodyhasjustonetaskorlabel。

Tobeconsideredadesignerjustmeansyouneedtothinkaboutthedesignofeverything–andImeaneverything?

NoteverythingIdoisBIGpicturedesign–comparedwiththeoveralltimespent,verylittleofitis–butIconsiderthecreationandcoordinationofthedetailsofeveryprojectintegraltotheprocessthatyieldsasuccessfuldesign。

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HowdoyoudefineDesigner?

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Thisisaprettygenericdefinitionandfailstorecognizeallieddesignprofessionals。

WheredoesCreativityfitin?

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Istartedthinkingthatcreativityhasmoretodowithhowapersonthinks,views,andprocessesinformationratherthantheirabilitytodraworpaintwell。

Asaresult,Ithinksomeofthemostcreativepeoplearescientists–peoplewhodon’tgenerallycometomindwhenthetopicofcreativitycomesup?

Butyoudon’thavetobeageniuslevelintellectto?

demonstratecreativity。

Sometimesit’saboutbeingcleverandnoticingwhat’saroundyouandrealizingthatyoucandosomethingwithwhatyousee。

Ifyoudontseeyourselfasadesignerwhenyouredoingconstructiondrawingsyourenotintherightjob。

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Youdontjustdesignbuilding,youdesigndetails,youdesignexecutionyoudesigntheentireprocess?

Therearemanyskillsadesignermustdemonstrate,butinmyopinion,herearethe6mostimportant:

Observation[14:17mark]Ifyouconsideryourselfadesigner,youmakeitapointtonoticeyoursurroundings。

Asacharacteristic,designersarecuriousandtheytakenoticeandmakenotesofthingsothersoverlook。

Communicators?

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Designersneedtobeabletoarticulatetheirideasinawaythatbuildsconsensusandfostersanatmosphereofconfidence。

Integration?

[26:18mark]AndbythisImeantheyareabletotaketheirideasandputthemintoplay。

Evaluate?

[29:18mark]Designersneedtobeabletolookattheirownworkcriticallyandkeepthegoodbitsandgetridofthepartsthatdon’twork。

Context[33:18mark]Designersaregreatatunderstandingcontext,andcontextiswhatenablesustomakesenseofthingsandputsomesenseofordertothetaskathand。

Contextisthebitthatallowsustodecideifsomethingisrelevantanddeterminingifsomethingisrelevantiscrucialwhendesigningbecauseifyoudesignasolutiontoaproblemthatisntrelevantinagivencontextit’sworthless。

ForgeTheirOwnPath?

[37:39mark]Ratherthanformingabeliefofwhatasolutioncanorcan’tbe,designerstendtolookattheprocessandaskthemselvesWhatif?

andWhynot?

Designersoftenseerulesasguidelinesandwillworkalongtheedgesandasaresultgenerallyfeelunboundbyrulesthatothersfollow?

Wehavedecidedtointroduceanewsegmenttothepodcast。

WehavebeenendingeachepisodewithasegmentmeanttohumanizeusasindividualswhiletakingafewminutestotalkaboutwhatwearedoinginoursparetimeasegmentaptlytitledInMySpareTime。

However,andaftersomereflection,sincetherearetimeswhenIdontreallyseemtohaveanysparetime,IfeltlikeIwasforcingtheissueandtryingtocomeupwithsomethingtotalkabout(andifyoureallyknewme,youdknowthatthisisnotnormallyaproblem)。

SoaftertalkingwithLandon,IdecidedthatinthesemomentswewillcuttheIMSTsegmentandaddinthisnewsegmentthatIamgoingtocallHypotheticals。

Ifyouarenotfamiliarwiththeconceptofahypothetical,letmetakeaminuteandexplainit。

Iwillpresentanimaginarysituationorconcept(thatwillalmostalwaysbeofftopic)thatwewilldiscuss。

Forexample,thefirstoneIcameupwithwasWouldyouworkasummerinternshipforafamousarchitectforfree?

andwemightstillusethatonesomeday,butitsmoreBobtonotplayitstraightupforourinauguralquestion。

Idliketothinkthatthiswillbeasegmentthatwillbealightheartedwaytoendasegmentandasaresult,Itendtoleantowardsmorepreposterousquestions,likethisweeksquestionabouthowlongcouldyousurviveinazooifalltheanimalswerereleasedfromtheircagesletssayitdoesntendwellforLandonbutIdookay。

**NOTE**IfyouhaveahypotheticalthatyouwouldlikeLandonandmetodiscussinafutureepisode,justlistitoutinthecommentsection。

Ifweuseyourquestion,wewillgiveyoucreditandashout-outinthatparticularepisode?

Hypothetical[43:00mark]LandonandIhavedifferentstrategiesonhowbesttosurviveourtimeinthezoo(IeatfromthehotdogstandwhileLandonsfirstmoveistograbaduck)webothhavecertainanimalsthatconcernusoverallothers。

Forme,itthebaboonstheyseemlikehatefulcreaturesthatwouldliketobringmedownforsport。


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