This is such a great talk. Really makes you think about design and it even made me think about my own project in product design. I could easily design a chair…but there are enough chairs in the world. Or even a new mobile phone even though the ones we have are almost limitless! However after this talk, it has confirmed a few things in my head. That we should design for the needs of people and not the wants of people. Like the problem I have been researching:
“How can design make people more comfortable with having others in and allowing more people in their personal space?”
And by this question I am thinking about our space, our senses, our possessions our behaviour and the design we have become accustomed to in our Century. Since the industrial revolution people became more independent and wanted more. And this happened however now it has come to a point where people are relying on more and more produce even when they do not need it. So I like simple ideas and thinking back before we were taken over by technology to an extent. This is when you wouldn’t/ wouldn’t have a choice who you sat next to on a bus or train. When people were comfortable in the streets to sit next to someone without a second thought or even avoiding that area. If design can bring back the way people think, changing their behaviour instead of closing off for their own worlds, people may actually be comfortable with others and allow others into their personal space so he world doesn’t become even more alienated isolating people. And no I am not trying to change the world!
I can’t believe how differently we live. How free we are in our country/continent. Should take advantage of this freedom whilst some countries must have very limited ways to live!
spent a very long time making a card model of a bus stop. And no I am not designing bus stops, this is just a research experiment I am going to do! I have another 5 other models to make, a map on illustrator to create and some large printing to do! I also bought some play dough to make people which I am hoping to get faster at. I realised today is the first time I have made one of these models in a long time!
where everyone thinks ”YEAH! New technology! I can Tweet, Facebook and find exactly what shop that dress is in in this supermarket! All on my smartphone!!” I like that technology is becoming so advanced to an extent. But not to the extent where the applications do not actually help us but waste out time or allow us to procrastinate continuously. In public transport having a game to keep us amused if we are on our own or music to set us up for the day ahead is fine. And I think there is a sudden expectation for designers to take new technology with two hands and make it better again. It shouldn’t be this way because all the ‘little’ things like the people, the place where we live, and the environments we are in are not used to their potential but instead ignored most of the time because that little screen that is your mobile phone is constantly flashing and guiding you and stealing you away from the environment that you are actually in physically.
The train station.
Step 1: Look at this figure preferably on your smart phone as you would at the train station, or on your way there. And put yourself in the situation below:
Step 2: Basically, from what I have written above about smart phones…apply this sort of behaviour to:
yourself in the busiest train station on a Saturday. Your train is soon. You are on the bus on your way to the train station. You still have to go to the self-service ticket machine to collect your tickets. You still need to find out your platform. You wont find out until you enter the station. After collecting your ticket and finding out your platform you have 10 minutes to get to your platform. The station is too busy and people are everywhere. So you start heading to platform. You have a few minutes and people are boarding the train already! There are still people who are running across, diagonally and out of control because they are also in your situation. They have somewhere to be too. After squeezing through and avoiding as many people as you can you have reached your platform just in time. How many times did you look at your phone throughout this adventure? A train station isn’t always the best place for a mobile phone. The best use for your phone really, in this situation is ‘time’. Not too much else.
Wouldn’t this journey be easier if:
You collected your ticket. And the rest was handed over to the responsibility of the train station? By this, why should you be forced a stressful start to your journey when a change can be made so you can get around the station and to your platform in a smoother way. A less forceful way. How can the train station change to allow this ‘good journey’ that we really expect.
three desire paths just showing how people deside to take their route. In so many cases it’s not the route intended for them.
…further research in this area where human traffic can create major problems including stress, dis-orientation, and rushing around at a train station. Looking at the space and how it is actually used and redefining the way the space is used will help this problem caused by human traffic and create a ‘good journey’
If men define situations as real, then they are real in their consequences
(Thomas & Thomas, 1928)
To think in this way:
The fundamental element of change of the world is the individual (people).
The fundamental element of change upon people is… other people.
Peoples actions are guided by their thoughts, emotions and (shared) experiences.
People’s thoughts are shaped by the environments and contexts in which they find themselves.
shaping those environments with design.
Shaping people’s thoughts by those environments.
Shaping people’s actions by influencing those thoughts with the environment with the design.
…so how can design make people share their personal space with others? The area I am looking at is the busiest area, the area where our sense of personal space is lost. We are suffocated in a mass number of people however we will not talk to a stranger and we feel more comfortable to stay inside our bubble. But if something could change this, people would have a sense of belonging to the place that they are in.
I read this article to remind myself how people actually behave and how barriers are constantly being put up. I know that people like their own space and like to be in their little bubbles however I also know that design hasn’t allowed this to be easy for us. I discussed this morning the arm rest of an aeroplane chair as an example. So you go into an aeroplane whether you are on your own or not. And find a seat. Two or three seats are normally joined together A,B,C or D,E,F and they all have armrests. However if you don’t get there first how can you be sure to have an arm rest? The arm rests are not designed for 2 arms so this could immediately make you realise that the journey isn’t going to be as luxurious or as comfortable as you’d expected. So firstly the design that has been put there (the arm rest) is not valued by you when you cannot have it. And, the person who got the arm rest has just invaded your space even though youare entitled to that arm rest just as much as they are. But people don’t think enough on a huge scale, why should they give up the arm rest? That thought most likely doesn’t go through their head whilst they are actually invading your space with their chunky arm resting at your side.
So I wonder why this was designed this way…I also wonder why the two people can’t share that arm rest and both have an equally good/better journey.
Going to Your Happy Place
Whether people are confronted with a close talker or a bus-seat buddy, experts have identified that most people react with a similar set of evasive behaviors. In public spaces, people reliably try to keep as much distance between each other as possible, and most instinctively try to keep equidistant, like birds on a telephone wire, to permit each person the maximum amount of space. Two people in an elevator will stand in opposite corners; three people in public restrooms will insist on at least a one-stall buffer between each of them. People tend to avoid eye contact in crowded public situations; this helps to avoid intimacy and results in people’s thinking of each other not as human beings, but as inanimate features of the environment—much easier to ignore. Some try to create at least an approximation of physical boundaries by opening up a newspaper or book, which creates a separation between the reader and the rest of the crowd. On a crowded subway car, this gesture is like putting up a miniature wall. It’s even common for people to put bags or purses on their lap in an unconscious move to protect themselves and their space, or to close their eyes completely to create the illusion of psychological space. Some psychologists have even theorized that the popularity of iPods is due at least in part to people’s intense and innate desire to carve out a private zone for themselves.
How does the invasion of ‘personal space’ affect us as a society?
The personal bubble we create around ourselves as humans.
The senses of the human body..hear, see, smell, taste, touch. How all these senses are used and invaded.
Peoples actual awareness of their ‘personal space’. How people are unaware or subconsciously live life not acknowledging what they are doing…
Human and social behavior. Why do people act as they do around each other? And in situations?
How has design contributed to the distance we face from human to human…human contact, distance, cyber-self…
Public space is not used how it should be used.
I like these issues, I just to put them all together now. Clare.
I found this talk interesting. It is encouraging that other designers believe that they can change the attitudes of people. The screen showing the emotional change between the elder man and the middle age/young man would surely affect people over time. Designing to create an emotional change seems like a good thing to do as this emotional change/ attitude can improve how we live or engage with each other as humans. It has to be something interactive or just clever because people now are less willing to change unless there’s something in it for them.