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Harri Koskinen

 

RANDOM QUESTIONS ABOUT DESIGN

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE PURPOSE OF DESIGN?

In my opinion, design work is based on comprehensive thinking. The designer has to understand the causes and effects of the product that is being designed. He acts as an interpreter between the industry or the producer and the user. I suppose we all want to live in an environment that is ethical, aesthetic, and works logically.

WHAT ARE YOUR DESIGN PRINCIPLES?

My approach varies from one project to another. There is not only one way to work or proceed. Every project is unique and deals with different themes. Sometimes you have a chance to create products that support your own view of what is essential. And sometimes you serve the client’s needs anonymously.
Knowing the client is important. For me, working as a designer often involves developing a personal relationship with the client. Meetings and discussions create insights into the nature and aims of the co-operation. Conversations with the client create ideas of how to go on with the project. Knowing the end-user of the product, however, may be even more important.
Originally, I was trained to be a craft designer. The field of industrial design has traditionally strived for making everyday objects both functional and aesthetic. My intention is to continue this tradition in a modern spirit. In other words, I want to maintain the field’s know-how, and, at the same time, develop it further. In this sense, the purpose of design is clear. While the field has gained experience and knowledge, the purpose of design has become wider, too.

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Design Management
VIZO Workshop

“Design makes the Difference”
Brussels, Belgium - 29/30 November 2002

 
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