The career of a designer is made up of different moments in time that, years later, end up being critical in their professional path. An iconic design that marked an era, a stay in another country, or their work as a junior designer in this or that company. We at Roca One Day Design Challenge would like the participation in the competition to be one of those key experiences.
Creative work is often a solitary process. The image of a designer sitting in front of his/her computer for hours, drawing, trying out new ideas, both moving forward and backward, is very familiar to those working in this field. There are several techniques that help us in this sense, like Sleep Writing, the moodboards and other processes we have already addressed in this journal.
But loneliness is not always a part of the creative process. There are projects in which we need to work collectively and sometimes, choosing the best concepts with so many people involved might prove to be a difficult challenge, both from the point of view of quality and the sensitivities of the participants.
The current rate of consumption puts the planet at a limit in terms of resource depletion and waste disposal. Scientists have been alerting that the situation is reaching a point of no return, affecting all living creatures and the planet itself on several fronts: climate change, natural disasters, displacement of entire populations, air pollution, invasion of waste dumped into the rivers and the sea, forest fires that will destroy the forest mass, unsustainable crops… and all those effects we already know about. The situation poses different challenges that designers, architects and engineers can and should meet by means of innovation and creativity. Politics will follow its path, but it is unquestionable that design can greatly contribute to adopting more equitable, responsible and supportive lifestyles
Unfortunately, talent is sometimes not enough when it comes to creativity, as it is also essential to know how to promote an idea and even how to promote ourselves. This might seem an unimportant detail but don’t be fooled, it isn’t. For instance, let’s take Thomas Edison, famous for having invented the light bulb, among other devices. But it was actually the British Joseph Swan who invented the light bulb before him and Edison, somehow, “developed” Swan’s idea. Therefore, why does the world remember Edison and not Swan? Because Edison knew how to promote his invention more effectively.
Holidays are around the corner in most of the countries and for any average person this means rest, sunny beaches or beautiful mountains (depending on your taste), trips, etc. But we all know that designers are on a different level; designers do not rest, even if they are on holidays, they are constantly thinking of that little problem they were not able to solve before closing the studio for the holidays, or even worse, they start analysing everything that surrounds them: if they are in a museum, they spend more time studying the design of a display cabinet than looking at the work of art it contains; or if they go to a restaurant on the other side of the world, instead of studying the menu to choose something different they have not tasted before, they concentrate on the design of the basin in the restroom or the décor of the place or even the lamps hanging from the ceiling. In short, there are things that never change.
Sometimes, the simplest things tend to be the most practical and versatile. NUA, an ensemble made of a compact basin, a faucet and a mirror, aims to delve into minimalism by adapting one design to different bathroom styles and locations. It is a project by Anna Rudnicka, Anna Wozniakowska and Paweł Lasota, inspired by the test they faced at the Roca One Day Design Challenge, where they won the third prize of the 2018 Polish edition with Liky.
One of the most daunting challenges an industrial designer needs to face is to turn an idea expressed on paper (or rather on the computer) into a produced object. The designer can imagine the product, its possible uses, its appearance, which materials to use, and previously analyze all constructive details, but the real challenge is to get it right in the production stage: finding industrial solutions that allow the manufacturing of the object, checking the performance of materials in different situations, finding the right pieces…
We have already mentioned several creativity techniques in this journal that have been conceived to help you solve a problem or to overcome a creative block.
The one we present today is fairly special because it is carried out… while sleeping. But, regardless of how easy and appealing this technique may appear, you need to prepare yourself for it to work.
Today no one doubts that the future of product design lies in digital manufacturing, a set of integrated processes that allows you to move from a digital design using CAD software to a solid tridimensional object, obtained from a 3D printer. But digital manufacturing includes not only 3D printing (objects are built up out of layers of metal or plastic) but also CNC Machining (where, typically, shapes are cut out of wooden sheets) and Laser Cutting (where materials like metal are burnt or melted by a laser beam). Any kind of object can be manufactured today: a pencil, a furniture unit, a shoe, a drone and, unfortunately, even a weapon.
Theoretical considerations within the scope of design: new collaborations of the winners on Rocagallery.com
Three new winners of the One Day Design Challenge have written articles on rocagallery.com, the digital platform with exclusive content about architecture and design, playing a prominent role at the side of internationally renowned columnists and writers, such as Pedro Gadanho, Ben van Berkel and Carlo Ratti.