Designing for what?

Today I took a long walk in Paris. It was a wonderful evening walk and just after rain had cleaned the city and rejuvenated the river.

I saw many Monuments, different building designs, different looking cars… and I found them rather odd. I wondered why they were designed the way they were. I felt may be they were designed right way but they look odd to me because I am not used to seeing things that way; may be I am used to seeing things a particular way and those ways are the ‘right’ ways in my mind. May be I should get out of my concepts and change the definition of right more broadly.

Well then what’s a right design? How do I get away from my bias?

Design that meets a purpose is right design. So what is the purpose and should the purpose be right for design to be right? At the outset, it seems apparent that if the purpose is right, then perhaps the design that meets the purpose too is right!

Let me check my heuristic on what is the most common purpose in India?

  • Efficiency?
  • sabse kum may sabse jyaada?
  • Usne bola… woh samajh daar hai… (par mujhse kum)

I don’t have a very strong heuristic for what purpose drives Parisians but one thing is evident, there is a need to be ‘different’. May be sometimes, when there isnt much to ‘better’, ‘different’ is just fine.

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