Blog — 8.22.22
What’s design got to do with it? DESIGNHEADS is a Pink Essay project featuring the new generation of designers, tastemakers, and creatives *shaking up* the design world.Name:
Migrante-2 by Maximiliano Rosiles
Are you a designer? Why or why not?
Yes, no? Probably sometimes. I feel like everyone’s a designer in some sense. Just like everyone’s a photographer, etc. I wouldn’t say I’m a designer in the way that designers consider themselves designers. Do I bring my ideas to life through materiality and industrial/fabrication processes? Mostly yes. Do I make functional objects? No. Do I think about how my works fit in a commercial market? Absolutely not.
I do think I’m a process nerd, I love to figure out how things are made and learn the processes it took to make them. I very much geek out on finding solutions to ideas through materials and production processes. I also don’t think I limit my thought process to the parameters of what is considered “design,” but I do think design elements come into the thought process of making my work when, for example, I might be making something for a specific space (installation) or because the machinery/production process I’m using requires it.
I think the design aspect of my process is when you actually have to make it work, when you have to measure things out, when math gets involved, when you have to think about the space it will live in etc. So idk—the label “designer” is not something I give a lot of thought into; would say I’m just curious and like making stuff with my hands. I’m not trying to be a designer—that would feel weird to me. I just try to make what feels right to me y ya.
One word to describe your take on design:
The last thing you made:
The next thing you want to make:
A designed object you adore:
I like Francis Bacon’s use of interior lines, spaces, and furniture. I think that’s a designed object, probably not? Or maybe those silver streamliner trailers—I lived in one with my mom when I first migrated to Texas from Mexico, and as a kid I always thought I was living in some sort of spaceship in an unknown land.
Stool by Francis Bacon
A designed object you can’t stand the sight of:
Balenciaga triple S sneakers
A moment of pure creative joy:
When we say “designing the future,” what comes to mind?
Accessibility to design and art education at an early age. I never had that growing up—I found out what art and design is later in life. Imagine if the privilege to think about design and fine art was accessible to everyone at an early age?
I think “democratizing” art and design education would naturally produce work that speaks to anyone no matter what socioeconomic or educational background they come from.
We are tired of art and design gatekeepers and one of the biggest gatekeepers in art and design that is used against people is education. Sustainability is obviously something else that comes to mind, looking into how to build out sustainable production practices in the manufacturing sector for example.
If you could show your work to anyone in the world, who would it be?
That’s a tough one, that’s something that can probably change daily, but for today probably Doris Salcedo.
Your aesthetic embodied as a...
The sound of walking through tall grass
Dusk in the mountains
Your *grail*: if you could own one iconic design work, what would it be?
Anything Ruth Asawa or Noguchi
What’s next for you?
Continue doing what makes me happy, try to positively affect those around me, and keep improving as a person.
DESIGNHEADS is a Pink Essay project. Are you a DESIGNHEAD? Send your responses to these prompts & 3 hi-res portraits to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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