Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

Design Challenge — something for the soul

June 3, 2009, 12:13 AM

For quite a while now I’ve been dreaming, hoping, pondering, trying to come up with some sort of solution to force myself in working and doing more of the stuff that I like, that I chose to do for the rest of my life—design. ‘Unfortunately’, we’re not as lucky as Michelangelo, Durer or other masters, we have internet, instant messaging, tv and so on, so many things that distract us from what we truly like to do.

Eventually, a solution came up: to give myself a “non-comercial” theme to think and design, every two weeks or so. Worried as I was that I wouldn’t be serious enough to keep doing it on a regular basis, I managed to convince some of my friends to join in, hoping that if I wouldn’t design for my eyes only, at least for them I would :) (I still remember very fondly my college years when I’d work and wait unpatiently for the end of the semester when everybody would show their projects—competing with them was the true school).

So, this is it: Design Challenge.
A flickr account where every two weeks all the members post their work on the previously given theme. Working only for the sheer pleasure of challenging wits and talent.

Here’s a glimpse of how the set with the works looks:
Design Challenge

Since all the members are romanian, comments are not in english. But you’ll get the general idea, trust me. Enjoy :)

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Gosh, deci nu sunt singurul care isi doreste asa ceva.

Felicitari, mestere, pentru initiativa!!!

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Translation: “Gosh, so I’m not the only one who has been thinking about this. Congrats for the initiative!!!”
Please use english next time, thanks :)

No, you’re never alone, nobody is. If you’re thinking something, you can bet somebody has, is or will be thinking the same, independent of you. The nice thing is when you get to meet that somebody and interact.

Thanks and keep visiting, you’ll be in for some treats for sure :)

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Great idea. Will be keeping an eye on how things progress.

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