January 20, 2009

design takes time

Why do I have the best words in my head as I lie in bed falling slowly asleep. Ohh if I only could remember those sentences in their elegant form the next day I would be in heaven.
One thing I remember as I was lying in bed was thinking how design is definitely there for the long term and not the short term.
So often I hear designers giving their studio 2-3 years to be successful and if not they are off to one job or another. Good design takes time and more time and patience, and well, yes - not necessarily with a big pay cheque.
But the question is what is design to those people?
A past time, a cool job, a distraction, being an artist, or a quick way to make money?
Whatever it entails, it takes a lot of time to become a good designer. So if you are thinking of just trying to set up a design studio and see how it goes for a year or two, well save your time and take on that big job if you're after a big pay cheque.
I'm not saying that design doesn't pay - actually often I think it pays too well and the bad design solutions some designers provide are beyond me.
If you can make a lot of money with bad design it should be easier to make some money with clean and simple solutions.
Isn't design all about being able to come up with the best possible solution which is time saving, resource saving and works well without to much frills?
I love simplicity and adore minimal design and dream of the day where cheap things will be banned as they just clutter up our landfills and are replaced by things that work well past the first 3 days.
It's not that I don't like cheap things, but how come they're made from such terrible materials, look and feel terrible and break very quickly? I understand a lot of people don't have a lot of money (I'm one of them), but I always try to buy quality and not quantity. It might be a German thing, but I will stick to this forever as it has served me well to pay a fraction more and see it last a long time.

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