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
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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