Saturday 29 January 2011

A plan for arranging elements...

From the 1989 book Eames Design; The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames, is a 1969 Q & A session with Charles Eames and Madame L'Amic of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs.

Here are three questions and Eames' answers that refer directly to his understanding of design.

Q: What is your definition of design?
A: A plan for arranging elements in such a way as to best accomplish a particular purpose.

Q: What are the boundaries of design?
A: What are the boundaries of problems?

Q: Does the creation of design admit constraint?
A: Design depends largely on constraints.