Designers making materials: Are ignorance and innovation positively correlated?
“The simple index file of objects upon which modern engineering has constructed its knowledge must now be replaced by more mobile references... technical thought must be capable when necessary of abandoning the strict world of Mars for the fluid world of Venus.”
Though materials science has a long record of innovation, a new path has given us un- expected, valuable results. Designers are taking full advantage of contemporary technologies while paying attention to materials’ tangible aspects.
The combination of design thinking, easy access to technical information, and revision through tangible interaction have brought these material concepts to life. In these projects, innovation is emphasized over refinement, material variations are embraced as opportunities, and the internet’s wealth of information helps refine ideas.
But is there a risk to designers plunging into materials science? Is rabid cross disciplinary work always good?