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Three Pipe Problems

Three Pipe Problems

Given at the 2012 Front End Design Conference, Creative Mornings Orlando, 2012 re:build Conference, and 2013 BlendConf.

Jason VanLue

June 08, 2012

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  1. “As a rule,” said Holmes, “the more bizarre a thing

    is the less mysterious it proves to be.“What are you going to do, then?” I asked. “To smoke,” he answered. “It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for !i!ty minutes.” —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. "Of high art in this country there is abundance, of

    mechanical industry and invention an unparalleled profusion. The thing still remaining to be done is to e!fect the combination of the two, to wed high art with mechanical skill". —Sir Henry Cole
  3. “Manufactured goods served the purpose for which they were intended,

    but they came o!f production lines with a stagnant sameness.” —Henry Dreyfuss
  4. Design not only contributed to the physical worth of the

    product, but also to the financial worth of the product.
  5. Design for the digital space, was predominantly decorative in nature.

    Design wasn't viewed as a part of the "building" process, it was relegated to the "make pretty" process.
  6. We're realizing (again) that design is much more than decoration.

    That it isn't all about how something looks, but it's how something works.
  7. Just like the mid­20th century was a renaissance for industrial

    design, I believe we're entering a renaissance for digital design.
  8. When we focus only on the utility of a product,

    and neglect the user of the product, we tend to focus on what the product IS, instead of who it's FOR.
  9. The result tends to be products that may perform a

    job well, but aren't that enjoyable to use.
  10. It's not just about what a product is used for.

    We must also consider who uses it.
  11. "You cannot understand good design if you do not understand

    people; design is made for people." —Dieter Rams
  12. "the most e!!icient machine is the one that is built

    around a person" —Henry Dreyfuss
  13. And it’s up to us what we build. Because everything

    on those screens has to be designed.
  14. “if we want design to be seen as more than

    decoration, we must treat development as more than plumbing.” —Cameron Koczon
  15. “We enter into close co-operation with the engineers. Perspective drawings

    are !ine up to a point, but they can be misleading. So, as soon as possible, we get a form into clay and actually do our designing in this pliable material.” —Henry Dreyfuss
  16. "the things you and I make may not make a

    visible footprint on the earth. What do we want to spend more time with. What do we want to shape us. What do we want to see grow." —Wilson Miner
  17. "People who really want to make a di!ference in the

    world aren't determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they're satis!ied with small changes." —Beth Clark
  18. "They don't do anything to call attention to themselves, they

    simply pay attention to the everyday needs of others…" —Beth Clark