People and things
I’ve always been regarded as an eccentric. Both at home and at work. I did not make it up, I just usually like doing things differently. That’s it! Maybe that’s why I can see typical things in a way they appear to be unusual. Maybe that’s why apparently ordinary people, in my eyes, seem interesting and exceptional? I do think this is an advantage and want to share this different way of seeing.
For many years – studying Art History and then in my professional life - I’ve learnt to see with comprehension (yes, that’s no easy, just as reading comprehension …). That helps being open-minded, tolerant duh! Happy, because when you see with comprehension, you discover that in fact everyone is talented, it’s just that everyone has a different talent. It is also easy to see the strengths of an ordinary thing, even though the choir of taunters croaks it’s odd, something unnatural, not for us and due to that … bad.
When see with comprehension, you can tell the difference between better and worse, because you can use the assessment criteria! Your eye is armed. I wonder if you know, that 75% of people perceive the world by seeing, so the majority of us are visualizers and that’s how we associate and memorise information – so arming that sense with knowledge really is of greatest importance.
My chosen and favourite topic is design, applied arts – however you want to call this phenomenon. And that chosen design is a constant change, constant seeking for something new, something better. And that’s why it requires being open-minded, knowing how to see and … accepting.
A mature, well-balanced person is characterised by the ability to ask and the willingness to know, the eagerness to listen and draw conclusions. Such person doesn’t take offence because they don’t know something, but gains joy from constant improving. Because it’s a great pleasure to know and sometimes it even pays to know!
Consecutive generations of designers seek for better solutions of old problems and are usually not understood at the beginning, their projects are not accepted at first. Often they do not win the crowd in a day … humans don’t like changes, it is known … we’re sometimes afraid of them and more often simply don’t understand them. Moreover, we are afraid to ask as we might appear to be uneducated or unfamilliar.. But there’s nothing to be ashamed of! I, for example can’t treat teeth, can’t recognise many musical compositions based on their construction, can’t diagnose illnesses – there’s a lot of things I don’t understand and can’t do.
But I ask! And listen. And learn.
So today, on my 50th birthday I am launching a blog (! I said I am eccentric … ) – to ask questions and look for answers – for myself but also for you all. That’s my caprice and today I can afford it J
How interesting is this world! And you know what? The best thing is questions never end! All best for all of you and let me invite you to the quest for knowledge about good design and interesting people connected with it.
Good company of people and objects is the key!
Cover photo by Max Zieliński