Design for Chaos

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This way by for the most interesting article I read when research creative serendipity: DESIGNING FOR CHAOS, SERENDIPITY, AND A NOBEL PRIZE?

Not only did it influence the development of the publication but how I present it in our final show, and not to mention my personal practice.

Notes

  • Many of us the idea of designing specifically for chaos and serendipity makes us uneasy.
  • Workplaces continue to evolve, where the place is seen as a backdrop to new ways of working and new ways of thinking.
  • Might lead to not just greater collaboration and innovation.
  • Serendipity or chance encounters that lead to something are more likely in environments where things are not completely planned, where informal conversations are encouraged, and where the workspace design enables chance encounters.
  • “We need to be designing spaces that are not predictable and where there are unexpected, interesting things going on.” Professor Philip Follent, head of the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond.
  • Studies have shown that professionals get 80 percent of their ideas from casual interactions.

I’m thinking of doing this as a two page spread. First titles Design For Chaos/Chaos in workspace, then the second about Leon Heppel’s story.

 

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Serendipity

Thinking about what else I do for The Big Idea, aside from the printed book and work-space, I thought I could do an e-book that you can download at the show. I don’t think it would be too hard and a nice addition, might even get my some followers. What I can do is get email address at the show, and send them a PDF to download after.

Now it’s time to work on the content of the book, which is something I’ve been avoiding, as writing isn’t my strong point.

Pages I need to write

  • Introduction: Why is serendipity important in creativity?
  • How to be more serendipitous: 3 types/pages – trying new things, talking to new people, and travel differently
  • How does Google embrace serendipity?:
  • Chaos in the workspace

Degree Show

I’ve been thinking this week about the projects I want include in the degree show. I’ve decided I’m definitely going to include The Big Idea project, and this is what I’m going to do for it:

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I want to display the publication on a desk, not a table, because I want to create an environment around a work-space, as ‘chaos in a work-space’ was something I researched and is an amplitude for helping designers and arts being more serendipitous creatively and innovative.

Chaos in work-space

I would like to invite the show participants to sit in the desk and read the book, or maybe draw something, while being overwhelmed and inspired by random objects, colours, words and even sounds.

What was also quite nice about today, was I got to speak to our lecture Neil Angove, who has been absent from university for all of this year. We discussed the idea behind ‘Serendipity: A Designers Guide’, and how I want to create a workspace environment for the degree show inviting people to interact with the book and space.

The first picture above has a few ideas of the different elements I could bring into the show space:

  • random items: toys, stationary, cd’s, etc..
  • materials: tablecloth, carpet, samples, etc..
  • symbols: languages, words, signs, etc..
  • food & drink: bottles, food packaging, maybe actual food, etc..
  • lights: desk light, fairy lights, etc..
  • playful stuff: play-dough, colouring pencils, etc..
  • photos: art, building, pets, family holidays, etc..
  • music: whale noises(aha), talking, real life environment sounds, etc..
  • smell: candles(if we’re allowed), potpourri, a herb plant, etc..

I don’t want to go overboard with this, but it think it could be a stand thing in the show, providing it’s done well. I may even consider changing the space every day or two to see how it effects other. This is really turning into a experiment, almost a live piece of art…around the concept of the book.


Interesting design/work spaces & Murals

As I want this to be an unconventional design event, tired of calling it a festival or party, I’m interesting in making the area and layout of it something different. For inspiration I’ve looked at creative work spaces, like google, sony, etc….

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Really like this. It’s visual from the outside out cut off for privacy. Would be a nice fixture to have in the event for workshops or competitions.

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Something Like this for the music would be nice. Simply a stag, comfy seats and sofas.

Murals

Been really interested in Murals over the last year. I really like the idea that srreet art doesn’t need to be on the street, but can be inside, sometimes in Gallery’s. What I was curious of was what is the difference between Mural’s and Graffiti? Found this great article that discusses the difference –

The difference between graffiti and murals

Firstly I loved this –

“It’s art that’s free and open for everyone to enjoy or converse about or be stimulated by”

and the main reason I like the concept of both murals and graffiti. It’s a lot about getting community’s together, expressing yourself and livening up blank urban spaces.

So the difference between murals and graffiti. Mural are usually organised and commissioned, while graffiti is often done without permission, without anyone knowing and for no money.

In the case of this event….itll definitely be murals and I want everyone to get involved. This event isn’t just about inspiring individual braver, but it’s about courage in the creative community, collaborating with others and meeting new people.