“Why she strolled through the exhibition room

“Why are you showing us this?” A visitor asked in an irritated voice as she strolled through the exhibition room of Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura (Archive Design and Architecture). She was confronted by a simple paper cone cup made in Mexico. The visitor was viewing Happiness is a Cold or Hot Sponge, an exhibition curated by Guillermo Santamarina, a well-established contemporary art curator. Apart from selecting specific objects, at the same time, Archivo shared why these “simple” pieces are considered extraordinary, hidden behind the veil of their universality, usefulness, and permanence in production lines. “Every day we are in contact with objects designed with such genius that we forget they even exist, and it is only when they are exhibited in a museum or written about in a book that we realize the transcendence good design has in our lives,” writes art historian María García Holley.Everyone designs. Design occurs anytime we deliberately change an environment to make things better. When we decide what seat to take in an auditorium we’re designing our experience. When we rearrange the furniture in a room or draft an email, we’re designing.This paper is aimed at making us recognize the role of design in today’s world, and to start making better design decisions in our own life. It is intended to be enjoyable and informative for anyone curious about design: everyday people, technical people, designers, and non-designers alike.From the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep, design plays a role in your everyday life. Design makes ideas tangible, translating them into physical form. Someone is responsible for designing the things we consume, use, and interact with every day, be they objects, spaces, landscapes, or communications and transportation systems. Every moment, we encounter a set of solutions to a problem that has been considered by someone. Everything is designed, one way or another. So, let’s all of us be more informed, better consumers. Let’s understand as well as demand better design of everyday things.

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