On Designing in Motion
A look at the greatest challenges motion presents to designers today. How does motion influence a design's, or even an entire industry's, identity? What are the adjustments designers have made to build mobility into the foundation of their creations?
The January 30th, 2012 launch of a semester long collaboration between three graduate design studios at Columbia University GSAPP and Audi's Urban Future Initiative brought together an interdisciplinary group of designers to explore how motion is represented within the architecture of today's physical and digital world.
During the roundtable discussion, Mark Wigley, dean of Columbia University GSAPP asked the panel to respond to questions regarding the emergence of mobility within design. Panel participants included Abe Burmeister of Outlier Tailored Performance Clothing, Glen Cummings of MTWTF, Rob Giampietro of Project Projects, Michael Rock of 2x4, interaction designer Chris Woebken and Peter Vidani of Tumblr.
The conversation addressed mobility within each of the design fields, in part by focusing on the challenges motion presents to designers today. If, as Mark Wigley says, we are to "invest in motion," how must design react to the pull, unpredictability, instability and infrastructure both inherent to and necessary for motion? How does one design mobility? Does design today emphasize or hide the motion contained within its infrastructure?