Charles Eames Quote: Role of the Designer

29 Jul 2009 - 11:22am
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Jared M. Spool
2003

In watching the 2007 Ted Talk by Eames Demetrious on his grandparents,
Charles & Ray Eames, I came across this fascinating quote:

"The role of the designer is that of a good host anticipating the
needs of their guest."

This pleased me.

It fits into my thinking of what experience design is all about.

Thought I'd share.

(Sorry for the lack of a link to the interesting video. On a plane w/o
wifi and iTunes doesn't have an easy way to get the original link.)

Jared

Jared M. Spool
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29 Jul 2009 - 9:39pm
Mike Myles
2009

Excellent analogy.

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30 Jul 2009 - 11:10am
Bob Sampson
2008

The problem that arises every so often is that sometimes the host
doesn't know who the guests are or how many are coming...and that
does a designer do in that instance :)

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1 Aug 2009 - 11:49pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Jul 30, 2009, at 10:10 AM, Bob Sampson wrote:

> The problem that arises every so often is that sometimes the host
> doesn't know who the guests are or how many are coming...and what
> does a designer do in that instance :)

Good point.

Maybe the Eames quote can help us explain to our sponsors why such
research will let us produce better results?

Jared

Jared M. Spool
User Interface Engineering
510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks Twitter: @jmspool

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