Design, I feel, is not about developing a quirky product that carries a high price tag in which five percent of consumers can afford. Nor is it something that rides the wave of the latest trend or striving to become famous. Design is about passion, communication, value, observation, pragmatics, form, interaction, vision, research, and of course, responsibility. Rather than the mere stylization of an object, it is crucial that other aspects be taken into account when considering the desired interaction between person and object. In a world where design magazines discuss this hot topic called green design, it is typical to see familiar designs with new materials assigned to the form. Overall, these designs are all still disposable and at some point will be disposed of. In order to achieve an object that is truly sustainable, social and personal values need to be embedded as an active component within the artifact. These filters listed, suggest a new paradigm of interaction and overall integrity that can be achieved.

 

Mass Customization: allowing the person to build or reconfigure the object with features that are desirable to their needs

 

Emotional Quality: incorporating value and user experience into the object

 

Formal Quality: form of the object communicates function through concise sensory features

 

Affordances: the object allows options in how it is to be used

 

Afterlife: the objects intended function no longer exists; a second function is embedded into the original design

 

Smart Materials: responsible materials and manufacturing processed are prescribed for the development of the object