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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Peck, Kimberly A.
URN etd-1651122739701161
Title Transition: a process of beginning and ending
Degree Master of Arts
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dunay, Robert J.
Sarpaneva, Pia
Vernon, Mitzi Committee Chair
Keywords
  • none
Date of Defense 1997-03-14
Availability unrestricted
Abstract

Studying the interaction of people with the objects

around them is essential to designers. A designer must

study in detail: the hold, the fit in the hand, the effect of

movement, the placement, and the juxtaposition and

relation of objects to one another. Insight derived from

such investigation determines the form given to an object.

However, the answer is not a static or rote response to

function. The designer searches to balance meaning with

practicality, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries

of perception to make people reconsider how and why

objects exist. Questions of changing social customs,

habits, rituals and traditions are explored. The resulting

form reflects the manner in which the object is used.

Shape is given to ritual. The intent is for design to reflect

the order of day to day existence. It is not important

whether an object is a recognizable form or whether it

looks like its predecessors. However, upon

consideration one should realize the form is correct. The

object possesses meaning; it is appropriate for its time.

The process is on-going, requiring the designer to

continually re-evaluate and re-define the human condition

by assessing the world we make and how we exist within

it. One pursues better ways to facilitate daily life, never

becoming complacent with existing products. More

acutely, it is requisite for the designer to maintain an

ongoing dialogue with their work-an empirical process of

evaluating and analyzing past objects in order to make

the decisions that allow the beginning of the next.

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