Possible content for book

Content for new book:


2- Page with a lot of letters P (page connecting covers with rest of the book)

3- Quotes

4- Text about project

5- About us page (names+contact+ sketches)

6-18- “P” pages

19- contact + bibliography

20- Page with a lot of letters P (page connecting covers with rest of the book)

This means that we will have 13 “P” pages. Is that enough or is it too much?

We can have more or less. These are possible numbers of those pages: 3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17 etc.. (it has to be odd number of these pages)

What do you think? Should we add something else in content or this is all we need?



Possible Exhibition Text

P is for…

Throughout the painstaking process of providing a response to ‘what is design?’ We found it problematic to produce a definitive piece. In principle design is an ‘ill defined’ phenomenon. In practice it is a multifaceted series of subdisciplines.

Early on, however, we percieved a pattern pertaining to a particular consonant. The letter P.

Design is a process informed by a set of principles. A form of human intelligence that is refined in pursuit of perceived problems. That process manifests in products that people utilise towards practical purposes and personal expression. Philosophically and politically speaking, the positioning of these products over time and their impact on society and can powerfully affect the progress of humanity.

A single letter. It may not be perfect, but when you consider the potential of its permutations, the possibilities are quite profound.

Some more words

Hey guys! I tried to come up with some more… I hope I haven’t invented words as I use to, or repeat the ones already said..

























P is for…

We are stripping back even further. We reduced from lots of words with complicated pictures, to simple words, shapes, and colours and now we have gone even further. Michal was able to strip our idea down to one singular letter: ‘P’. One will go on each left hand door. As simple as this may seem, Design has a lot to do with this letter (you could even say it has an inherent ‘P-ness’ – that idea has been dismissed as too vulgar). To accompany this there will be a strong manifesto and a book possibly titled ‘P is for…’ Typography pending – this project will be perfect

While I was on the train home I tried to think of as many design relevant P’s as possible. By no means do we need to include all of these! The final list doesn’t have to be exhaustive and shouldn’t be exhausting.

P is for…



Final Plan

Here are all of our ideas in one place, to make our message as clear as possible. The smaller panels on the left will hopefully go on the panels of the revolving doors. The larger image on the right will be a free-standing sign that will have a mirror in the circle.


Colours vs pictures

I like how the photos look, they look very professional and slick like an advert. If we go with this idea I think an escalator could work for progress, and some kind of shop stairs could work for products. Another option for photos would be to use images of doors, a home front door for process, a shopfront for products and an elevator or spaceship for progress? My concern is that photography might be too specific and could detract from clarity of the statement. If we are trying to do stripped down in terms of type and shape, I think we should reinforce that message with our choice of colour. I think as we have 4 Ps and are using things in their most fundamental form, we could use CMYK. Cyan for process, magenta for products, yellow for progress and black for people. It would work like a contemporary take on the bauhaus use of primary colours and fit well with all our elements. We could even adopt a stripped down ‘pantone-like’ aesthetic like these:


possible addition of CMYK strip  – similar to what you get on print tests:


Book- again :)

I added new pages and I will post above each page what I still need. If I need to add content page I need to add one more or remove one. Because we need to have I don’t know the word :) number of pages (2,4,6,8,10 etc)

Text about group process.

Do i need to use different text? And again- do I need some part about Nigel Cross?

Text about our progress

Text about our group, individual names, individual mails/websites etc. +Iellas sketches about us.

Code + Bibliography

Textures, color…

Hey guys!
As I said I think using different colours is not a good idea, as it’s difficult to keep a solid concept if adding elements that may not be connected to everything (yellow matches triangle according to Bauhaus, but not necessarily ‘progress’). And I know we cannot find a colour that explains ‘progress'; in a strict sense we could use gray, but as it is boring… I just kept the previous color, which is not aggressive and is suitable to make a friendly and open question.
About the texture, I did not want to throw any random texture, for the same reason of the matching of concepts. I don’t know how good idea this is, but I thought of using the ‘stairs’ texture to represent each concept (haven’t figured out product yet) since we are using the building, and stairs are part of that context?
Just ideas…

Book progress

Here is book so far.

Should I leave this as title? (“What is design”)

On left side are established quotes and on right are quotes from interview- should I write that somewhere? If yes- than how should is name in one/two words quotes from interview?

Maybe we can add sentence or two about Nigel Cross? (we have place left bellow people part)

I think I need to separate a little left and right side of door so we have 3mm space before end of the both pages just for case.. Also these 3 door pages may change when we find out which door layout we will use.

I need some text about our group here, name of members (I only know your first names so please post me your full names :) + contact info/mail/if you have website etc..).

Can we have scan code for our blog address? If so can someone who knows send it to me- or send me link to site where I can make it?

Also can someone send me bibliography?


I have chosen a few quotes for our book after combing through the blog repeatedly. I have here, a compilation of 8 quotes from well established designers and 8 from our interviewees (a mix of designers as well as non-designers). I thought we could have 4 of each on the front two pages and 4 of each on the last.

Established Designers:

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” Walt Disney

“Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated.” – Paul Rand

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.”  - Victor Papanek

A designer knows he’s achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Design is as much a matter of finding problem, as it is solving them.” – Bryan Lawson

People ignore design that ignores people.” – Frank Chimero

As far as I’m concerned, all design is storytelling. Brochures, websites, and books tell stories in a very familiar way; they have covers, chapters and pages….even logos tell succinct moral tales.” – Chamli Tennakoon

And here are responses that we got from friends and family when we asked them the question ‘What Is Design?’

“Design is to make something simply function, whether it be visually, creatively, practically, or all of the above.” – Chris Jensen, Designer

“Design is the art of conceptualizing and crafting a body of work in a language that can be communicated.” – Pawlu Mizzi, Designer

“Design is everything. Look around you, it’s literally everywhere.” – Yanov Cutajar, Designer

“I would tentatively sum up design as a communicative process leading to tangible solutions that satisfy client needs.” – Julian Mallia, Designer

“Design according to me is a framework of your thought and the method to successfully convey that thought.” -Priyank Prem Kumar, Designer

“I felt that the design is reconfigurable, it is based on your perception of things, of course, it’s not entirely material. Then you need to arrange it and do some combinations, that is to say to give your work of your own thought and spirit, make it have you own unique personality. Your final design has become a part of the perception of others, it can combine yourself with outside world, it will have another association and let people learn about your spirit.”–Menthem, Designer

“Design is a unique statement on life, a choice from all possibilities, a combination of the form and the function. Moreover, design changes the world.” –Yandong Guo, Non-designer

“Good design makes life better. Bad design makes life worse”- our very own Echo Tion, Designer

Do you think these are enough? I tried to pick the most relevant ones I could find.

New Exhibition Text

Here is a redraft of our exhibition text based on our discussions of our new idea, what do you guys think? Looking at it again the name is a bit cheesy…

Implicit Simplicity: Four P’s in a Pod

Each panel of the revolving doors and the adjacent sign raises a possible conclusion to the question ‘What is Design?’ We produced an inquisitive response that engages with four fundamental research considerations: How, What, Why and Who. Each response is contained within a Bauhaus ‘elemental’ geometric shape. We adopted a deliberately stripped down aesthetic out of consideration for clarity of our message and the transitional quality of our location.


Is design how you make it?

Design is a way of thinking, planning and making something. It is a form of human intelligence which is refined and developed in designers in order to approach design problems. We chose the Circle to represent the design process as it is often cyclical.


Is design what you make it? 

All sub-disciplines of design are centred around products. Whether it is a typeface or a tower a design outcome manifests in a product which we can experience as consumers or users. We chose the Square to represent this as it evokes something strong and tangible.


Is design why you make it?

We wanted to highlight the connection between design and social change. Over time, design can radically alter society, the way it looks, thinks, communicates, and expresses itself. The triangle on its side indicates the directionality of progress. ‘Progress’ has two meanings to consider. It can refer simply to movement. However, progress also implies ‘things getting better’. It is important to consider this critically in terms of progress from and progress towards.


… Or is design who you make it for?

From our three ‘elemental’ shapes we created a human form, to make our concluding point that design is fundamentally a human activity based around human considerations. As Frank Chimero once said, “People ignore design that ignores people.”

Some thoughts on Colour

If we are going to introduce colour and some kind of texture, into each shape I think it could be a sensible choice to link each shape with one of the primary colours. As we are doing a big nod to Bauhaus with our piece we can look to Kandinski on this. He conducted some research into how people perceive form and colour. He predicted that each ‘elemental geometric shape’ would correspond with one of the primary colours. He expected yellow, a “sharp” colour to correspond to the triangle; red, an “earthbound” colour with the square; and blue, a “spiritual” colour with the circle. We could use one of the tones for each of these colours already found in our logo.

New book

This is layout at the moment- I can change it a little when we have final door design.

Also- blue lines don’t really exist.

I am not sure what title should be so I just out “What is design”

This is what we need for content- quotes, project explanation, people (about our group), bibliography, all doors picture and scan code for blog website.

(numbers of pages are not right on these snapshots but I corrected them in actual files)