I strive to create great things, resulting in satisfied people

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“I strive to create great things, resulting in satisfied people”

It took me several hours, multiple attempts, over many months to write that simple sentence, but I think it sums me up.  I am, by training, an Industrial Designer and Mechanical Engineer.  However I seem to gain a similar amount of pleasure from cooking food, taking photos, delivering a speech or writing my blog.   I like to make satisfying things, I gain pleasure in understanding why and how to make things better, and I enjoy thinking about how to work with other people in the pursuit of doing these things.

Why even bother taking the time to write down what it is that I do?  After quite a few years in the field, and with a bit of experience under my belt, I wanted to pause and reflect on where I have come from, where I am right now, and perhaps most importantly where I want to go.  To do that, I need a foundation, and a set of principles.

So, please indulge me, as I dissect these words;  “I strive to create great things, resulting in satisfied people”

First of all, I wanted a statement that avoided common jargon and advertising speak, and that summed up the message in a short, natural-sounding soundbite.  For a while I had “I strive to create great products, resulting in satisfied customers“, but my aspirations extend beyond work alone, and include more people than solely customers.  Yep, I aim to please, and enjoy delivering the goods for the team, the company … and I vainly hope do good in the world.

I also realise I am not Buckminster Fuller; I don’t think I am trying to create a ‘dent in the universe’.  I am a ‘craftsman’ at heart, and I enjoy the sheer act (the verb) of designing things, as many designers do.  If I can make some things that I am proud of, and that other people admire, I will be happy.  Ego, fed.  Somewhat.

But for me, design is as much a cerebral activity.  I strive, and this brings a desire to understand, to postulate, improve, optimise and to inspire change.  The act of writing about or verbalising the process, communicating the idea, or crafting the pitch is even more agonising than doing the design itself.  I might even find it easier to talk about others’ achievements, since there is a reduced bragging ‘overhead’.

And ‘Resulting’?  Not sure.  I’ll leave that for the next version.  I did, however, consider why there was no full stop.

Austin architecture … perhaps adding to my contemplative mood right now.

That’s my kimono open with my tackle dangling in the breeze; so what do you do?

3 Comments

  1. bluesinwhite
    Posted 2010/11/14 at 20:46 | Permalink

    Hi, I am very freshman in Design area. I cannot change your ideas ,but I may give u the process of my feelings while working in this industry.

    Frankly,I felt design is not art, full of process and management, quite logical. And the worst thing is you have to understand the market, that may means you have to be everyone. You have to be a worker, a nurse, a Mummy, a old man , a young lady…But when a artistic soul designer have to image they are everyone , that bings pressure and bad feelings.

    After I realise this, I feel that your soul and your mind/body is quite different logical. It may mean if you want to become a artistic ,seeing your life as a serious game, you just don’t need to obey all the rules business man set up. But if you want to use design as a business that can make you rich , than you have to obey the business rules. But this is my second process of mind.

    After my second mind, I am still changebale. I found since design industry is a think out of box industry. Why we cannot define a working and living lifestyle, that both can artistic, feeding your soul well and also workable in business.

    So ,right not, I am in the process of defining this kind of lifestyle. I use a way that working for some time and relax for some month, to feel it outside always so as to clearly see the inside.

    Wish you good luck!

  2. Posted 2010/11/14 at 21:38 | Permalink

    It’s a tricky question … I will tell you when I have the answer!

  3. bluesinwhite
    Posted 2010/11/14 at 23:11 | Permalink

    cool. :-)

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