Bingo: Organic Design

April 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm Leave a comment

One of the big reasons that I started this blog is because I wanted to push myself to regularly share and generate ideas about design. It’s similar in spirit to exercises that writers do (one of my favorites being 750 Words), which means that sometimes I too fall prey to writer’s block.

Luckily I recently read an article that described writer’s block bingo, where you “find a book closest to you, open the book, find an arbitrary sentence, and start writing about this sentence.” It seemed like a fun idea, so I applied it to this blog post. Here’s what happened:

Book
Design Handbook. Concepts – Materials – Styles

Sentence
Like earlier organic architecture, Aalto‘s designs were holistically conceived but his core concern was not so much with spiritual transcendence as with the functional, intellectual and emotional connections his furniture made with individual users.

April 27’s Daily Design Idea
Not only does considering the functional, intellectual, AND emotional connections between your design and its users seem admirably holistic, it leads me to think that organic design was also a direct precursor to user experience design, in addition to ergonomics (which seems to be the design approach more commonly linked to UX).

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