So… it’s done. The last obligatory post has been posted, the final blurb of self indulgent content has been splayed across my page.
What has been learned? Well, prior to starting this blog, observations of things I’d seen or heard about were simply that – no proof that they had taken place at all. It was simply a stream of thoughts that ultimately would slide from my head into the mayhem that surrounds me.
With this blog challenge I was given a storage room to hold a small number of thoughts. No longer was a building “nice” – it was more than that. It was a deeper thought and awareness about how it was built, why it was built and how it worked within it’s locale.
in short – this blog made me think harder and deeper about design around me.
Did I enjoy it? Yes I certainly did. This blog taught me to think harder – to think better!
It may not be the best blog in the world but it was fun to do.
What design means to me?
Deign to me is many things. It’s a creative solution to a problem. It’s a novel way to recreate something banal. It can be surrounded by “best practises” that have been institutionally accepted as the norm or it can be something that is simply outrageous – often ending up as an exhibit at “Best Fails” exhibition.
Design elements can be conjured from seeing fonts that I like or don’t like – it can be thrust upon me in a glance out of a bus window. It can also be encased in the simple natural surroundings it resides in.
Simply put -design to me is simply taking a function and simplifying it for the end user. It’s an effort to enhance the aesthetics of an item. It’s a challenge to be inherently intuitive.
What I have learned about creativity and design?
Creativity is boundless that’s for sure. But to get the balance of good design within the creation is the ultimate goal. No point in having something pretty if it falls short on being fit-for-purpose. Creativity is useless without good design. Good design is seldom found without creativity.
What I have learned about visual communications?
We generally operate on a visual level first. In seconds we have decided if we like something or if it appeals to our sense of self. A well-balanced approach with use of imagery and font type can actually evoke an emotion within us. A specific colour can make us feel! The same statement placed in different design elements can conjur different emotions.
What I have learned about user experience?
Very few designers are designing things for themselves. They have been given a brief to satisfy. If the end user experience is tainted by bad design – then the overall result is a fail. People want to be pleased. Whether they wish to be pleased visually or by the very experience of the new design – we want progress.
Sometimes simplicity is at the heart of a good user experience. Designers understand that all improvements in design come with a necessity to simplify processes or to enhance emotions positively.