Needs vs wants.

July 13, 2010 at 7:49 am Leave a comment

Quentin in R+D recently discovered a site called Needs/Wants. The following is via their about page:

“Needs/Wants curates things for the modern creative lifestyle. We feature our taste for everyday things we need, but also some extravagant items we can only want—gotta dream big after all.”

While probably not intentional, this website innocently brings up the question that so many designers struggle with: is (good) design a necessity?

I’m only 48 pages into the book Design Like You Give a Damn – something I recently purchased and very much needed – and it’s already been pointed out a handful of times that the need for an architect is regularly questioned. (Luckily the authors are kind enough to continually offer up some kind of realistic reaffirmation that yes, architects are indeed significant.)

While my rational side can’t argue with full confidence that design is always absolutely necessary, my gut tells me it is. And my rational side can definitely argue that design adds very real value, like the increased joy I’d get with the Rubik’s Cube Salt and Pepper shakers from ThirdDrawerDown – something that I very much want, but can in no way justify needing – over more standard shakers.

July 13′s daily design idea is is it important to you to justify the significance of your designs?

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