It’s easy to make functional products…
Making a functional bottle-opener …or a pocket-tool …or a key-holder is super-simple. I’m serious here.
But, there’s another side to this:
Trying to go beyond that and ensure it’s beautiful, simple, practical (a very different thing to “functional”), make-able (is this even a word? …basically what I mean is: can it be made?), elegant, and so on — well, that’s a different game entirely!
I try to engineer beauty (in one form or another) into everything I create. It’s easy to go from nothing to something functional …but getting from this “something functional” to include all the things I mentioned above … now that takes countless hours of frustration, stress, head-banging-against-wall and throwing away 99.9% of the ideas I try. (…and I bet you thought I just pulled this stuff out of thin air!)
One last thing…
Before I get to the real reason for this post, I’ll let you in on a little “insider” secret (well, one of my secrets at least):
“The simpler a product looks …then, almost always, the more time and effort and work and frustration has gone into getting it to that stage”
Okay, so, there is beauty and art in what I create (well, I like to think so at least!) …but there’s also beauty in the process itself.
I’m talking specifically about the titanium “off-cuts” from what I produce.
Maybe it’s just me and my obsessive-compulsive personality traits – but I find these kinds of things beautiful: Continue reading…