Uni Blog 2018

Hello, so this is a little glimpse into the thoughts and things around my final major project from university (over a year ago). The aim of the blog was explore the topic of atmosphere and how objects within the home can influence it. Feels like a million years ago I started this but anyway, hope you enjoy 

objects. meaning. value.

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“have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” 
~ William Morris

The relationships we have with the things which surround us is one which spans the subconscious and conscious mind. Don Norman describes the emotions we have to objects on three levels visceral, behavioural, reflective. People add there own attachment to their products - “an emotional bond”. These can have different meanings at different stages of life, with the environment you’re in and the people you’re with, having an effect on how you later perceive that object. 

With this in mind, it would be impossible to design something for someone to cherish because people will put there own thoughts/values into it disregarding, to a point, what you intended. As designers, we have the ability to evoke certain emotions but that can only go so far. The things which inhabit our homes, these are objects which have great sentimental value: “people invest physic energy into objects because they are expressions of the self”. Is it possible to recreate this or is it an opportunity to cater for it?

Blair McIntosh