What is Design?

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Pierre from Keen Media did a presentation for us today on the subject of design. He used a number of visuals to tell us the story of design and to show some designs that have been important in the world. He showed us examples of architecture, product design, logos, typefaces and posters. Here’s some of the most powerful things I thought Pierre said, with some questions for you to answer tonight:

“Behind every product is a team of designers who make it good to look at, lovely to touch and easy to use.”

What products do you think have the best design?

“Innovation can change the world.”

What does “innovation” mean? What examples of innovations changing the world do you know about?

“I want my brain to be like a sponge”

What does Pierre mean by this? Is your brain like a sponge? How do you know?

Resources:

This is Pierre’s PowerPoint presentation as a PDF.

What is Design? By Pierre Vermeir

This is Pierre’s website with lots of examples of his work:

http://www.pierrevermeir.com/



  1. 18michaelt
    November 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I wasnt there so can someone tell me what happened in the presentation?

    • Pimboon
      November 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      Well, Mr Pierre Vermeir from Keen Media has come to talk to us about design and looking at the forms, something like that. 🙂

  2. November 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    For the first question this is what I came up with: cloth bag, decoration for Christmas, sharpener, juice and etc.
    For the second question this is what I came up with: I think this is what it means-a completely new idea.
    For the third question this what I came up with: I think that Mr. Pierre mean like this: When you put the sponge in water then the water goes into the sponge and it stays there. Brain cannot sometimes holds so many ideas so he prefare a sponge so that’s why.

  3. Johan
    November 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I acctuallty think that some vase’s are really nice and have really good designs on them. I have quiet a lot of vases in my house and when I looked at them carefully I acctually thought about what Pierre was saying about the team of designers behind all of this and so I acctually recognized that a lot of vases in my house are acctually really good designed and quiet nice to just look at.

    I think that Innovation might mean that you have a new idea like maybe you want to renovate your house because you may have a new idea of the layout or maybe you would like to buy some new things for the living room, and so it’s the same with design maybe you get a new idea of how the new hilton hotel logo is going to look like or maybe something else. So I think that innovation means that you get a new idea.
    Well there is a girl which my grandfather knows who got the idea to make a life buoy which you can acctually take under water because to take a person who is uncouinches up by hand under the water is really hard and tough. Then when you are down under the water and you got the person inside the buoy it autommatcly pops up under the water so that the person can just easily come up without anyone dragging them up. She is now working with life gurad experts and making this life buoy.

    What I think Pierre might mean with ‘I want my brain to be like a sponge’ is that he wants his ideas just to pop up in his head real fast without have to think for a long long time.
    I kind of think that I have a brain like a sponge because usually I get my ideas really fast and I don’t have to think much at all. But sometimes I have to think for a long time until I get my ideas and that can be real frustrating.

    • Paula
      November 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      I disagree with you Johan, I think that he wants to be inspired by the things around him and he wants his brain to soak in many ideas.

      • Johan
        November 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm

        I agree with you paula I also think that he want to soak in many ideas. Now I dont think it means like to pop up ideas as fast as possible

  4. Am
    November 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I think that the products which have the best design are products that are very useful for example my table to me is designed really well because the shelves look good and I can store lots of things in it, there are a couple of cupboards which are a good size and there enough space you would need to have on a table. Also the material of the table is nice because its smooth and has a nice colour and to me is suitable for a table colour. I also think that cars are best designed because many people use it, and the designers really have to think about a way to kind of pusuade people to buy those cars and it also leads to innovation because cars way before were very different from now because now we have sport cars and all and before the cars looked really weird. Cars have to be designed in a way that poeple would feel comfortable and are really willing to buy it and car designers really have to think about the inside and outside of the car and they have to super professional.
    Well innovation means to change something in the world or improve it to make it better like cars that I just said. They use the same rules but they change the way it looks like and make it better as much as possible. Well innovations that are changig the world now that I know are cars, footballs-as in the ball, innerwear (clothes), shoes, TVs, air conditioners, paper, computers and light bulbs. Also fidges.
    I think when Peirre says that he wants his brain to be like a sponge is he is saying that he wants his brain to absorb all that he has learnt and all that he knows because he wants to squeeze the songe out later and get all the ideas and make a good design. I think that my brain is a sponge when I’m interested because if I’m interested I would take all the ideas in but if I’m not, I will learn that but I won’t want to take it in as much. I know because today I kind of like design but as some of you may know I like art and nature and at the creative arts week, I really listened at the art activity because I want to learn about it a lot and I listened today but I don’t know yet if I want to still absorb that knowledge but the knowledge i got from creative arts week is still here.

  5. May
    November 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I think that the products that have the best design is shelf, chair, laptop ( my father’s) and etc. I think innovation means- renew, change or new ideas. I think they have change to have better technology like before we don’t have computers but we have it now. I think what Pierre mean ( I want my brain to be like a sponge) is he want his brain to remember things that can help him about design and squeeze all the things in his brain that he doesn’t need out. I think my brain is a sponge when I heard some interesting things or things that I like. I know because when I listen to music that I like I will remember the lyrics.

  6. jonjon
    November 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    For what product has the best design I have a mantle clock the way it was made how it looks and how unique it is I think it is the best desinn in the house. Innovation means new ideas or new methods,like miss Jen said one day a boy(I can not remember his name) wanted to get to know peaple and got an idea of facebook and now that changed the world. I think what he meant was he wants to aborb all the information. Yes, some times I am like that because when I watch TV/zombie movies I soak up all the information and day dream about it till the next movie.

  7. 18gabis
    November 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    micheal..

    this man came to talk about design and he was talking about the kind of designs there are and talking that someone actually designed it and made it sometimes.

    He said that next time you sit in a chair actually think that someone took time and designed it.

    gabi

    To micheal

  8. 18gabis
    November 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    what products do you think have the best design??

    I think the product that has the best design are laptops,computers,ipods etc. that are from Apple.
    I think it is i good design beacuse it is not so big and the laptops are light and they look good, the ipods are good because you can actually put songs on it and there is a hole where you put earphones to listen to the music.

    What does “innovation” mean? what examples of innovations changing the world do you know about?

    innovation means something new to bring something new
    For example ipad is an innovation which means something new and a 3d tv just came out so that is an innovation and the new designs of cracs are an innovation.

    I want my brain to be like a sponge

    i think this means by whaen you put the sponge underwater the sponge absorbs water and for a your brain it’s the same you absorb knolegde.
    this happens to us because we go to school and absorb knowledge.

  9. Pimboon
    November 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    What products do you think have the best design?

    I think that my moms table in her office is a good design because its flat and smooth and kind of big, and it has a good colour. It has bottom cupboards and medium sized shelves and plenty of space to put things on. I think that its no easy job for the designer beause he/she has to thin khard about making peopl want to buy it especially offices. I think cars also take a prize, because the designers work hard to persuade people to buy the car because many people use it and it has to be comfortable and easy to use for the person who’s buying it.

    What does Pierre mean by this? Is your brain like a sponge? How do you know?

    Maybe he wants to keep all the things he has learned and absorve it so he can remember then squize it out all at the same time to make those thoughts real. He might mean that it would catch all the ideas/water for a long time then squish it and all the thoughts/water comes out all at once swimming around waiting to be developed.

    What does “innovation” mean? What examples of innovations changing the world do you know about?

    Innovation is like a new thing that was just released on the world and have never been seen before, so then like the internet for example, it has never been seen or figured out to the worlds surface, but then now everyone uses the internet. So then its like inventing something new. Its changing the world like, for instance, olden day you had to travel only just to communicate to another person if that person wasnt near you, but now, you coulld just go online on the internet and chat with people around the world under 5 seconds. Something like that, but way, way, way more options.

    • Pimboon
      November 30, 2010 at 6:40 pm

      Or innovation might also mean make it newer or imporving it.

  10. Pin
    November 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    What products do you think have the best design?
    The Products that I think has the best designs is shelf’s and chairs. I think that this is a really good design. All kind of shelf’s make your house more tidier and can store a lot of stuff I think that shelves play quite a big role in your house if you have a messy house and if you have a lot of shelves then the shelves will play quite a big role and it has quite a big effect of making it look more tidier and looks more organized.

    What does “innovation” mean? What examples of innovations changing the world do you know about?
    Innovation means: something new or different introduced. I really agree with Pimboon’s comment too. Like Facebook also just like Ms. Jennifer said. Facebook was invented just to know other people somewhere. But people told their other friends and it got really really popular and every body in the whole world uses it now. Just like inventing something new and it getting popular in a second, a hour a day, a week, and then the whole world knows it.

    What does Pierre mean by this? Is your brain like a sponge? How do you know?
    Well I guess he means that he wants his brain to adsorb things around him he wants to get inspirations and ideas from people and information things he see’s around him. Every body has a brain like a sponge but not always. When you get inspirations or information that you feel confident with and you feel that you want to express it then you absorb it like a sponge. I also think that he wants to absorb things from around him because he might want to use it later when he is designing (so that your mind doesn’t get empty and you don’t get any ideas and inspiration so you are not successful) hmm…. I think that if you know that your brain is absorbing all these information, then I think that you can know by knowing that you have a lot of ideas like when you go and write your ideas down on a sheet of paper then you tend to write more stuff than usual just like squeezing all the water out of a sponge when you pour water on the sponge, just think that the sponge full of water is your brain with a lot of ideas and inspiration. When you write down your ideas and want to express it all out then its like squeezing all that information from your brain/sponge. 🙂

  11. 18saeyeono
    November 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I think that the best design is a table because you can design the table creatively. I think innovatiation making the better place. I think the sponge brain means that if you get the water and pour at the sponge and observe the water ,so I think the water is a idea and the brain sucks all the water!!

  12. Sam
    November 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    “Behind every product is a team of designers who make it good to look at, lovely to touch and easy to use.”

    What products do you think have the best design?
    I can’t think of the products that I think have the best design because there are a lot of products in my head so I took a look around my house to see what products in my house that I think have the best design.
    I think the top 3 best designed things in my house are:
    – The bedsheets
    – The vases
    – The chairs/sofas
    I like the bedsheets are well-designed because of the designs or pictures on them (e.g. stripes or polka dots). I also like them because they are all soft and comfortable. They are not too thick but not too thin so I think they are perfect to sleep with at night.
    One of the reasons I like the vases is because of the pictures and lines on them. Some look (and maybe are) really ancient and I like it when they look like that and some look really modern and I love them as well.
    I like the chairs and sofas in my house because they are all pretty simple. I don’t want to have chairs and sofas that are complicated because they are distracting and I don’t think sofas are supposed to be distracting. If I design a house I would try to keep everything simple. The looks aren’t the only thing I like about them. Thay are also comfortable. I spend a lot of time on chairs and sofas so I think they should be comfortable.

    “Innovation can change the world.”

    What does “innovation” mean?

    I searched the definition of innovation on http://dictionary.reference.com/ and it said:
    in·no·va·tion [in-uh-vey-shuhn] –noun
    1. something new or different introduced: numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
    2. the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.

    What examples of innovations changing the world do you know about?

    I think one really good innovation was the creation of the powersaving fluorescent lights. They save a lot of electricity and some of them give more light that the ones that use a lot of power.
    My brother saw a commercial about a future town in South Korea. It has been said to be based on green innovation and has advanced and modern technology. It is destined to be the econimic epicenter of North-East Asia.

    “I want my brain to be like a sponge”

    What does Pierre mean by this?

    This is what I think:
    A sponge absorbes water (it keeps it in itself). So, I think if a humans brain is like a sponge than in takes the information it finds out and keeps it or absorbes it into theur brain.

    Is your brain like a sponge? How do you know?

    Yes, I believe that my brain acts like a sponge. I know that it is because I do take the information I learn into my brain. If my brain wasn’t like a sponge than I wouldn’t know anything. Everyday I learn something new so I absorbe more and more information.

    Sam

    • Jin
      December 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      Does that mean that I don’t absord any more information and only old information? Because I don’t think that my brain acts like a sponge. I just absord gamy stuff.

  13. Aayushk
    November 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I think that the products that have the best design are cars ( Ferrari Lamborgini), Apple products for eg ipad, iphone, ipod, mac book pro and sports logos such as Adidas and Nike. I also like logos for sports events such as Delhi commonwealth games and the Fifa World Cup. The wide variety of trophy designs is also interesting.

    Innovation means “bringing in new ideas for change”.
    One of the biggest innovations of this century is Facebook. Facebook lets us connect and communicate with our family and friends. It has made people feel like the World is smaller.
    Internet has also been one of the biggest innovation. Internet gives you unlimited access to information. Internet also lets you share information. Useful information such as weather forecasts, prices, travel information helps you everyday in your life. After the Haiti earthquake the funds collected show how people are much more aware of what is going in different places on our earth.Laptops and phones with internet capabilities have also changed our lifestyle.
    Medical innovations have also changed some of our lives for example hearing aids, transplant technology and a range of medicenes which help when we are sick.

    Pierre means that he want his brain to soak all the information available.
    I think that my brain is a little bit like a sponge because I collect information but the problem with me is that I usually forget some important parts.

  14. sebastian
    November 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    What products do you think have the best design?
    I think Nike has make the best designs.

    What does “innovation” mean? What examples of innovations changing the world do you know about?
    Innovation means to create new ideas and find a way to improve something.
    Examples of innovations changing the world are technology such as new bigger and faster computers, electric cars which will help the environment because transportation has caused a lot of pollution. Telephones have changed from telephone landlines to mobile phones, instead of phones that are only telephones to mini computers. Mobile phones now have screen and some have touch screen and you can video call with people around the world.

    What does Pierre mean by this? Is your brain like a sponge? How do you know?

    I think he means that he wants his brain to suck in all the information. My brain is like a sponge because when someone says something and I don’t want to listen to it still goes in my head.

  15. Paula
    November 30, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    What products do you think have the best deign?

    I think that furniture and houses/apartments/mansions have the best design because there is a need of design in it, if they are not well designed no-one will want them because the people want to feel welcome in their home.

    What does “innovation” mean?

    I think innovation means for something to be newly introduced, modern, or for it to be the latest.

    What examples of innovations changing the world do you know about?

    • Electronic Devices
    • Architecture
    • Ways of stability
    • Design of: Clothing, Furniture, Music, Art, etc.
    • Chemical use

    If you think of everything I wrote down here and you imagine it in a chain and think carefully about it then you will most probably discover that it can have a big compact on the world’s population.

    What does Pierre mean when he says he wants his brain to be like a sponge?

    I think he means that he would like to his brain to absorb everything that is around him so he can be inspired.

    Is your brain like a sponge? How do you know?

    I think that my brain is like a sponge because I like to reflect and think about what has happened so these kind of things soak into my brain and sometimes it gives me an idea to do something.

  16. 18jinj
    November 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I think that the best design will be the things that are useful like tables and lights.

    For tables are because tables help you put things on and you can lean your head on it. If there weren’t any tables in this world. we will have to put our laptops on our lap(we can put it on the floor) but the laptop will heat the testicles and maybe we won’t be able to get babies soon.

    For lights is because even though we can see anywhere in the morning, we won’t be able to see in the night. Maybe we can see by street lights. The new designed desk lamp that Pierre showed was another amazing invention because the design wasn’t like an ordinary desk lamp and it attracted my attention to it. I was engrossed by it and I hoped I would be able to get one of those. Even though the lights are in the same league, the design will be a lot more expensive thing in the store.

    What does the word “innovation” mean?

    I just searched it up in the dictionary because I didn’t know what it meant. It just said to make things newer to improve things better than its old self. There can be a lot of things that can be innovated. Like a old computer turning into a new one or turning into an apple computer. I think innovation can change the world because if old things changes into new things, the life would be a lot more comfortable. The bad thing is that old things that were kept legend will disappear and the architects won’t be finding prehistoric items because there will be only new things in this world and in that world. I just want the world to be normal.

    What does it mean by making your brain like a sponge?

    I think that it means that to absorb things so you can be a lot smarter and have spacial awareness. I don’t think that my brain is like a sponge because I always spit out the good things and get the bad things. 😦 😀

  17. 18Anirudhv
    November 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I think that the best design are Pokemon’s because each one of them is different from others, laptops because even though the size is small it can carry a lot of information and drinking glasses because they are many different designs for different kinds of drinks.
    I think that innovation means that to innovate(invent) something that is new to everyone and it can also mean to design something that is already designed but to make it improved. An example of innovation can be a Iphone like Iphone 3 – Iphone 4. I think that Pierre mean that to get an idea from somewhere and then use it later on. I think that our brains are like a sponge because we get information and ideas and then we release and use those ideas. I know because that is what a sponge is like. 🙂 😀 😛 😉

  18. 18Terrie
    November 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I think the best design products was best is:
    1.sofa and chair
    2.labtop
    3.the book shelf
    I like sit on the soft, because it soft and I feel nice on the soft; and some soft can sleep. So i like soft’s design.
    I like labtop’s design because some of the labtop has touch screen and the labtop look nice.I thik labtop’s design is good.
    The book shelf, Some shelf(book) is very big and it put so many thing’s in and it very hard. So I like it.
    “I want my brain to be like a sponge”, I think Mr.Perrie mean my brain getting new idea like a sponge. So sponge can keeping water inside, and MrPerrie ant his idea like sponge, getting idea in his brain heavy and big.

  19. 18manisha
    November 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I think the product which has best design is the blue candle stand because it is decorated very well and also because when you light it the color changes into light blue mixed with a bit of yellow.

    I think inovaton means changing something or re-new it exaple inovating the house.

    I want my brain to be like a sponge.
    What Pierre means is he wants his brain full of thoughts(designs)like a sponge can carry lots of water in it.(As Terrie said)

  20. 18manisha
    November 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I think the product which has best design is the blue candle stand because it is decorated very well and also because when you light it the color changes into light blue mixed with a bit of yellow.

    I think inovaton means changing something or re-new it example inovating the house.

    I want my brain to be like a sponge.
    What Pierre means is he wants his brain full of thoughts(designs)like a sponge can carry lots of water in it.(As Terrie said)

  21. 18manisha
    November 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Sometimes my brain is like a sponge because sometimes i get full of thought’s only for one question!!!

  22. 18manisha
    November 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry i don’t know why there is two comment’s which are same.

  23. 18yeachanh
    November 30, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    1.What products do you think have the best design?

    I think the best design was Celling fan. THe fan’s wings were designed the copy of the petals because it was feeling naturaly.

    2.What does “innovation” mean? What examples of innovations changing the world do you know about?

    I searched the dictionary. It says:make changes;introduce new things.

    3.“I want my brain to be like a sponge”
    What does Pierre mean by this? Is your brain like a sponge? How do you know?

    I think it means taking all things that surrounded to us.

  24. Julien
    November 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    “Behind every product is a team of designers who make it good to look at, lovely to touch and easy to use.”
    What products do you think have the best design?
    In my house I think it would be the sofa and the people who designed the living room used the space well and didn’t cram it all up in one little spot.

    “Innovation can change the world.”
    What does “innovation” mean? What examples of innovations changing the world do you know about?
    I checked in the dictionary and what I understood from it was that innovation is a word that describes a new idea, method etc.
    I think the one that had most effect on my life was the way they designed the homes like Ms. Joanna who came in and talked to us about designing the interior of a house. I think that is because (like Ms. Joanna said) I want to be glad to go home that looks totally awesome and exciting.

    “I want my brain to be like a sponge”
    What does Pierre mean by this? Is your brain like a sponge? How do you know

    I think that it means that your brain can absorb in all the information it sees while it explores the world. Just like a sponge normally absorb water and keeps in locked inside. I don’t think my brain is like a sponge because I have difficulty remembering stuff so I just count on myself to remember just to write it down so I won’t forget. Mr. Sam helps me a lot on that one because he always reminds us to take our bubble catchers our writing books with us so we can take notes if your brain it not like a sponge.

  25. SHIKHAR
    November 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I think led pencils are a good design because it’s like a pen but has pencil led inside it and a pen uses ink.

    What does innovation mean: ‘something new or different introduced or something that has been modified’. I think we can innovate many things such as an old CD player, a computer,etc. I think it means something old that has become new.I haven’t really heard of the word innovative.

    I think what he means by a brain is like a sponge means: Brains absorbs new ideas in the same way as a sponge soaks up water.

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