Saturday, September 01, 2007

…And Design.

I’ve been blogging now for about a year and it’s been good fun. I was recently asked, why I even have a blog. Well, the reason I’ve chosen to unleash my thoughts and opinions on the world is hopefully to improve my writing skills, which were beginning to wane since the college years. But I’ve also noticed that writing these things has helped me focus my thoughts and be much more observant in my day to day. For what it’s worth I’ve been pretty stoked about my posts.

When I started, Upto12 recommended that I kind of zero in on a few topics. I’m glad he recommended it and I still plan on being fairly focused in my subject matter. But since it’s been a whole year, I felt it was a good time to increase my range of topics just slightly. So I hope you’ve enjoyed my musings on music, movies, TV shows, and automobiles. I’ve decided to start sharing my thoughts on design as well.

As far as design is concerned, I don’t want to limit it to graphic design—so you’ll be hearing what I have to think about art, industrial design, architecture, and even fashion. The trend I’ve been seeing from my little position in the design/advertising industry is an intense emphasis on what I’m calling: living a designed life. This doesn’t mean surrounding one’s self in expensive designer products just for the sake of saying they’re designed. For me, a designed life means I’m looking for products, stores, vehicles, clothes, and media that, for lack of a better word, fit.

It’s all about thought-through integration. For instance, a designed life should be able to show how something like an iPod can integrate into a car, a home entertainment center, and a courier bag from a functional, aesthetic and practical point of view. There are so many companies that are focusing on helping our society to have designed lives, and I’m gonna talk about them.

So sit back, relax and prepared to be informed, enlightened, and entranced by a new look at the way we live our media-intense, consumers-focused lives. Kyality is taking on the rest of it.
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