Design in our everyday lives

In this digital age it’s hard to find the ‘off’ switch. We are all guilty of it at one stage or another. We’re all only human, when we are at work all we can think about is the things we need to do at home, and when we’re at home all we can think about is work. While it is wonderful to have two weeks ‘off’ from work, do we ever really switch off? As a designer, I notice things, things that everyone else in the room doesn’t notice. When I go to a restaurant I’m not immediately looking for the tastiest thing on the menu, or I’m not trying to decide if I’ll have a starter or not, I am looking at the typography of the menu, analysing the logo, and asking how it works as a complete brand, or not. Designers notice good design, we notice bad design, we notice typos, and irregularities in letter spacing. Becuase of the way a creative mind works we can see things on a different level. Being a designer doesn’t only happen between 9 and 5 Monday to Friday, sometimes it happens at 5am when you can’t sleep and you’re listening to the dawn chorus outside your bedroom window. Creative minds are like sponges, constantly soaking up our surroundings. And going on holiday is the best thing for a creative mind! It is a chance to absorb design and inspiration from our surroundings in a less structured way. Inspiration is everywhere, but our routines become habits, and habits can lead to complacency. When we are on holiday we really take in our surroundings.

Wherever you are reading this, you are surrounded by design, the boarding pass in your hand, the romantic novel you bought for the poolside, the inflight magazine, the drinks menu of the Irish bar down the street, the signposts when you inevitably get lost, every single one of these things have been designed. And of course if you are sitting in your office only dreaming of your holidays I apologise – step away from and get back to work. Holidays are the perfect opportunity to people-watch. If you can take the time, grab a nice cup of coffee, sit back, and watch the world go by. You will soon begin to notice that we have a lot of things in common with complete strangers. Our cultures may be different but our roots are the same. And at the end of the day, we all like things to work well, and look even better. I love visiting cities in other countries to see how they interpret design, and also to bask in the inspiration that being on holiday brings. Inspiration can come in a structured form, like signposts and maps, or in a more organic way, even street graffiti can provide inspiration for colour palettes. People shape the places that they live in, as time goes by, people and places changes. I can’t wait to see what inspiration I can find on my next trip! We are closed for our summer holidays from July 22nd to August 5th inclusive. Keep up to date with our adventures on our social media pages and don’t forget to tag us in your posts if you see any good or great design out there!

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