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Objectified

Objectified really reminded me that literally everything we use on a day-to-day basis was designed by someone with a purpose in mind. I tend to forget this fact because, as was mentioned in the documentary, most good design is invisible, and the end-user simply knows how to use it. However, I also found it interesting that the microchip has changed all of the former traditional ideas of form and function. The example in the film was the smartphone. Someone who has never seen it could not instinctually guess how it is used, unlike objects such as spoons and forks. The function is hidden from the form, and technology has made it harder to show the function of an object through its form.

One of the designers also questioned the permanence of products. He asked why things have to be permanent and designers should just make products from material that does not last forever, since everything gets thrown away eventually anyways. The images of all of the piles and piles of plastic and glass computer parts added to my, and everyone else’s, concern for the environment and the limited supply of resources. But then I thought to myself, what if things, from laptops to lamps, were made from all disposable, recyclable material. I just imagined these items deteriorating and becoming unable to function. I could not imagine using products completely made without “landfill material” such as certain plastics. However, while objects probably won’t be made complete recyclable any time soon, I thought the idea of permanent toothbrush handles was very creative. The tops of the toothbrushes would still be tossed, but it would be less plastic wasted, since the handle would be kept.

 

ShirleyChang

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