One of the biggest Alt Summit takeaways for me this year were some bigger ideas on creativity. As I’ve said before, this blog isn’t a career replacement for either D or I. What it is, is a creative project that we’re constantly working on. A kitschy way of saying it would be an “online scrapbook” but I like to think that its more than just documentation, its something that also pushes our boundaries and opens our eyes to a constantly changing point of view. This is a comprehensive creative project. And because of that, its much much more than just “crafts” or just “pretty” or just “photos” and over the few days of Alt I did some soul searching on ways to really focus on that instead of blog traffic, or advertising, or having the most polka dots and a polka dot party.
This week, two favorite bloggers wrote thoughts related to this topic and I feel compelled to share them as I’m still assembling some of my own perspective:
Chelsea at Lovely Indeed shared her thoughts on being a “Maker” not just a “Crafter”. I think the Makers movement is super important and inspiring and its something I’ll be thinking a lot more about in the near future. Being respected as a Maker is something that I find hugely important, especially in these days of visual eye candy and Pinterest.
Then, the lovely Erin at Design for Mankind (who I should mention also wrote me the most thoughtful e-mail response this week) wrote an essay on Why Design Matters. And boy oh boy is this a tough one, especially as an architect. I’m lucky to work at a firm that takes on projects of all types, not just the magazine-worthy ones, so I feel like I do have good perspective on “form follows function”, but dangit if you don’t want it to look nice as well. When we studied abroad in Finland, one of the most eye opening cultural differences was that Architecture in Finland is a culturally respected practice. I mean, people go visit Alvar Aalto’s grave like Americans visit Jimi Hendrix’s. Most buildings (public OR private) are the result of a design competition, and owners respect the architectural practice because they know that it will give them a successful space. In America, people want things for cheap and done yesterday. Architects don’t make nearly the amount of their professional counterparts (doctors and lawyers), and most buildings frankly don’t really get any attention beyond life safety and welfare (making sure it won’t burn down with people trapped inside). I’ll be reading a lot more into the articles that Erin has linked to because I feel like there is a cultural shift required not just in architecture but in all Design fields. DESIGN IS NOT SUPERFLUOUS.