Defining anything is hard.
Why do we then strive to define everything, everything we say, do, are?
Is it really healthy? Is it really helpful? Do we really need to do it?
Defining is another way of labeling one thing as something else. But why do we do it? Does it actually add value to that something or does it destroy its true value?
Defining design is hard. Defining why it exists is easy but defining what it is is hard. But by defining it we learn about how it works, why it works and how to manipulate the system to work towards a better future. The point here is by questioning things we learn more and more about everything, but we also need to learn and question the angle at which we go towards things.
To blog is to be genuinely so interested in something that you want to tell someone about it. You want to share it, you want others to be inspired and use it as a point of reference. The difficulty is I feel that many people learn to ignore those things that could be that snippet of inspiration that makes their career. But realistically everything is inspiration, everything around us is designed to make our lives easier, that is inspiration in itself. How could you not be inspired by the fact that the coffee you are drinking from your favourite mug right now was designed for you. Everything about that moment was designed, the room your sat in, the garden that you are lounging in, absolutely everything was designed for you. Truly inspiring.
This my friends is what it means to blog. Pure inspiration. Pure and simple genius.
The first question is how we get young designers to step out of their comfort zone to experience what their audience experiences. It might sound simple, but it is not. The idea of changing the attitudes of egotistical designers to look beyond themselves to the world to help improve people’s lives through using their skills.
Co-design is where the designer talks directly with the audience, or the sets a certain amount of time to spend experiencing the things that their audience would. To help designers sympathize to make social improvements. This particular website talks about co-design with regards to making an elderly persons life better.
Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, a young Hull architect best known for Leeds Town Hall, this Grade I listed structure was completed in 1864. Leeds Corn Exchange is now just one of three Corn Exchanges in the country which still operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade, albeit no longer for trading in corn. After the closure of the Corn Exchange, its condition deteriorated to such a degree that the building itself and the surrounding land became one of Leeds’ most run down areas. Early proposals for the regeneration for this site had included turning the Corn Exchange into a concert hall similar to the Royal Albert Hall
In 1985, Speciality Shops plc won the contract to re-develop the building as a shopping centre. The refurbishment process designed by Alsop & Lyall was completely restored to its current state, with new staircases to allow shoppers access to the balcony and basement levels. It opened for trade in 1990. Many other old buildings have been restored in this area, now known as The Exchange Quarter.
As well as housing shops such as Ark Clothing, On the wall (poster/photograph) which is now in a new site on Boar Lane, Culture Vulture now situated on Duncan Street and Eva (jewellery), the Leeds Corn Exchange also hosted exhibitions, events such as strut (fashion show) and music events. Most of the shops sold alternate merchandise such as band items like badges, clothes, and studded belts, and the Exchange became a well-known congregation point for alternative people.
In November 2007 it was revealed that the centre was to be converted into a food emporium. The plans brought protests from existing independent traders, who were removed from the Corn Exchange, and their customers.
Following a major restoration project, Leeds Corn Exchange re-opened in November 2008 as a boutique shopping destination for creative independent retail enterprises. The entire 13,200-square-foot ground level is now occupied by a new restaurant venture, the Piazza by Anthony, operated by Leeds-based chef Anthony Flinn. Piazza has been followed by three independent fashion boutiques and creative enterprises, including Hidden Wardrobe Dawn Stretton Dawn Stretton and Outrage. In 2010 they have been joined by Primo’s, Russo Italia, Mki and Mummy & Little Me.
Exchanges were a prominent feature of the great Victorian commercial centres. Reflecting local industry, they specialised in one type of commodity, for example wool, cotton or coal. Forums for buying and selling, they required large trading floors, often resulting in innovative architecture.
Leeds’ Corn Exchange, by C.B Brodrick, (built 1860-3), was one of the finest, and happily remains, converted to a shopping centre and now its a food emporium. Here the spectacular was combined with the practical. A vast, oval arena, this was a roofed Colosseum. It offered an ideal arrangement for businessmen to circulate, congregate, and react to market trends.
The corn exchange(if you have never been inside) is amazing, it is breath taking, the best atmosphere, the best setting for any date. absolutely brilliant. I could sit here and moan about the little things that could do with improving, but sometimes those little things really all loose meaning as soon as you are inside this beautiful building. The only advice, make sure you have enough cash, because like me I think you will completely seduced by this building and will never want to leave.
The book ‘Its not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.’ Is one of my favourite books, not only for its content but the way that content is displayed and organised. First the cover is pure, plain and simple highlighting the word ‘good’ because this is the whole point of the book itself; that you can be as good as you like. But because of the way that the front cover is you instantly know what the book is going to entail, the style and layout of the cover represents the way the whole book is laid out and so essentially you end up judging a book by its cover.
Inside the book is a wondrous amount of self help anecdotes to help you succeed, this book can be applied to any walk of life, but for me its the design industry. A lot of what is said in this book I live by, constantly questioning myself and others as to whether we are doing things in the right way or the wrong way and what the effects of these decisions may be. Looking at things from all angles as well as my own, knowing what I want and where I want to be helps me to focus my energy on getting there and succeeding. ‘Accentuate the positive’ and ‘Eliminate the negative’ is one of my favourites from this book; this helps me across all boards of my life, not just my career and designs. Looking at things from a positive point of view helps you to accept criticism and helps you to learn from your mistakes.
I believe confidence is a state of mind, and it can help you achieve everything you want in life as long as you do not confuse confidence with arrogance you will succeed.