Final exhibition writing

Memory Compilation


Design is traced and captured in our everyday objects that hold our timeline of memories.


Everything around us is designed, whether by chance or for a specific purpose. What cannot be planned is the means by which we interact with these every day objects. From the emotional response we have on seeing our first birthday present from a loved one to all the memories we can gather from seeing a picture of the room we grew up in. How affected are we by these memories and do we all have a timeline which starts with one design and leads us to another?


In contemplating this question, we have brought together a selection of images of everyday objects that to the average audience may seem random and fragmented, but through their personal connections to each owner actually create a narrative of events. Each image evokes a memory or a feeling for the person who took the picture, that can be traced back and captured within that object.


We propose that this emotional layer of design, though often not acknowledged by the designer is in fact seminal to the whole process.  It turns design into a discovery, into a source of inspiration, into an unpredictable concept. It gives old, everyday, unloved objects a memorable past and a forward facing story.


As we collect this timeline of memories, the designer within each of us, whether consciously or not, is inspired by objects we have interacted with. We design according to our experiences and so the process goes on and on in a continuous loop. With this unpredictable element to design the future of the objects we will interact with and add to our memory timeline is an unforeseeable discovery.



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