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Recently, i have been thinking.. what does "time" mean to you ? To me, time means opportunity and money. How do people perceive "time" ? and is there something we could design around "time" ? Does coming up with a product that helps save time consider a good design for the theme "time" or does designing a sustainable product that can last you over a period of "time" be a better design ? Is it possible that "time" can be used as a project brief ? What do you guys think ? thx ;)

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o ... because i feel that in the business world, every minute could mean success in contract negotiation or for people who work at an hourly rate, every hour = money. And oppoturnity for those who have high ambition but waiting for a perfect timing to "take off".

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hi all.... i just thought of something... although many people may perceive time in many different ways like time may mean relaxation, rushing a tight deadline project or enough sleeping... but if i may, i would like to be bold and say that all these perceptions can be related to our 5 senses. For example, if you're rushing a project, can i use red to represent that ? Since red can be related to DANGER ! hurry !! escape now there's not much time left... and also by fast tempo musics so there's our sense of sight and sense of hearing.

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That is a pretty cool concept. You could have a machine that measured the amount of time in currency. The more you get paid the more time you have ..err I guess it doesnt work that way, but it could be interesting. Like the clock that counts backward to your death. Could time be milestones in your life? Birth, first car, religion, marriage, death, dog, job?? Might be intersting the explore the idea further

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So if time is measured by money in your case, is time always moving? Because Time doesnt stop, or does it? If you work mon-fri, does time stop on the weekend as well as at night? How would you measure this? If you work overtime, is time speeding up?

 

-just trying to get you to think deeper!

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Recently, i have been thinking.. what does "time" mean to you ? To me, time means opportunity and money. How do people perceive "time" ? and is there something we could design around "time" ? Does coming up with a product that helps save time consider a good design for the theme "time" or does designing a sustainable product that can last you over a period of "time" be a better design ? Is it possible that "time" can be used as a project brief ? What do you guys think ? thx :D

 

 

konoha.....like you and the rest of the people here i'm interested in time 'ideas'. Using such a method for ideas is limitless and extremely fun to develope, however you mentioned ideas relating to 'saving people time', I have a fear that developing ideas along this 'saving time' route will only result in creating havok and panick into future society and business cooperations still persue this route. 'Time-saving' has been the innovation method for many products but it lacks one major ingredient 'Quality of time'.........I only want to point out my opinions and my desire in providing 'benefit to the people/society', instead of designing 'what people need'. One major problem facing designers is the control multi-national companies have on them to deliver 'profit' and us designers, i feel, have an obligation to contribute towards a good society.

 

I hope i'm not confusing anyone, but as designers we are taught we should design 'what people want' and i believe now is the era for designers to design products for the 'benefit of people/society' and leave the wants on the back burner.............Quality-time is being explored more often these days! It is being used in cooking/socialising, where families are encouraged to gather round together and escape from the pressures of life, from the initial stages of food harvesting to the disposal of it's waste.

 

I hope i have explained my thoughts properly without confusion.......GoodLuck !

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nice thinking SPUDS ! you really enlighten me !! yeah... i feel that designing products for the benefit of people/society should be the direction for design in the future, or esle we will not be able to progress. You mentioned quality-time, i am a little confused though. What is considered as 'quality' time. Does it mean maximizing your time so that there is more benefits to the family or yourself ?

 

For example, a busy father has to take a long ride to work, gets off late, take a long ride ride back. When he gets home, he just want to have a nice dinner, shower and goes to bed so that he can repeat the same routine the next day. He spends only about 3 minutes with his son. So does that mean that we should design products to make his 3 minutes with his son maximized ?

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I think time is not a human need, as it is readily available.

People value other things then time. People would spend their time making money and not to create more time. If you value time over other things, why not quit your job? work less.

 

Hmmm...I can see that people today working hard and have no time for other things, maybe you can design products that remind them the important of time.

But a time product dose not provide a function, it is just to communicate. Maybe through other medium such as art and text will be more effective.

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You mentioned quality-time, i am a little confused though. What is considered as 'quality' time. Does it mean maximizing your time so that there is more benefits to the family or yourself ?

 

For example, a busy father has to take a long ride to work, gets off late, take a long ride ride back. When he gets home, he just want to have a nice dinner, shower and goes to bed so that he can repeat the same routine the next day. He spends only about 3 minutes with his son. So does that mean that we should design products to make his 3 minutes with his son maximized ?

 

It could mean maximizing time! It's not easily explained but i'll try with your above senario, i'll focus on the long ride to work : during the father's long ride to work he could be on a train. Let's say that his time on the train is currently geered towards a 'meaningless count-down' in meeting and presenting work to his boss, (in other words a boring journey)..........it could be that his 'train space' allows him to have family contact, this could also be an ice-breaker to chat with fellow travelers......maybe he could be reading a digital tabloid paper on-board the train, which the train company profits from. If he wishes, he could 'tune' into a narrated tour of the area he is travelling through, ie, historical, local news, updated info - like jobs,housing etc.

 

The above is only an example, but I hope that it shows, if we start thinking 'quality-time' it can also lead to profit, not, profit - for - profit's sake, like the old business method of cramming the maximum amount of people on board, which results in a meaningless journey.

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Guest GYOKO

have anyone of you read the post that I send called "immaterial design"?

I am discussing there about "time" as a new design product.. you might be interested to give it a look.

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