Part of Your World

You are probably wondering where have you seen or heard this title before. Well, this happens to be the main song for the 1989 Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid (one of my favourites, if I should mention). You may also be wondering why am I quoting a mermaid’s song for this blog post, which I can assure you it is absolutely related to Design Thinking.

In the song, Ariel (main character) mentions some treasures she keeps is her secret cavern. Some including forks and corkscrews are her favourites and at the beginning of the song she considers herself ‘a girl who has everything’, even not knowing what most of those things are worth for.
Now, in the real world we have numerous objects that support us on every single thing we do, and many times we don’t give them much value. How did they happen to be? Who created these objects? Why were they created and how was the world before them? As a curious person, I ask myself these questions everyday.

On the 12/10/2018, the third week of our Design Thinking session, Alice took the class to the London Design Museum for the day. Right at the beginning of our tour, there was a great yellow wall where had organized a timeline with pictures and quick stories of many important creative inventions from all around the world. I was absolutely impressed. I felt so many different emotional reactions inside me by realising how the world is changing around us with so many innovations and we completely forget to observe. Who created the spoon and how did it happen? There I had so many answers to many of these questions and it really motivated me when in comes to the subject of creativity.
Being creative and developing a creative idea can lead to so many ends, which can be furthermore positively unexpected. Creativity can lead to a change of one or more person’s behaviour, new valuable products and product transformation. Moreover, creativity can rise from a problem and has the power to change the world.

We had the opportunity to observe the development of the computer since its first design among many other electronics, chairs, clothes, bicycles and spoons. The design of a new capital city that changed a country and punk movement changing another. London’s underground mapping issues and transformation along the years was another interesting thing to see, not even mentioning the the Oyster (not card) nails.

At the end, there was a very interesting space inside the museum where we could gather around a big table to put on paper new innovative ideas. Hanging on the wall I could observe drawings and ideas from previous visitors on how to deliver the perfect present to their families or solutions to save the environment.

The visit ended with a very positive and exciting energy and we all took a picture together on the big stairs at the entrance.
I wonder if we all started realizing the transformations happening around us everyday, giving it more value than it already has. Would our perspective of the world change? Would we be more sensitive for creativity?
Well, luckily for us we are above water and definitely part of this [constantly changing] world.

One thought on “Part of Your World

  1. On my reading list: “Where Stuff Comes From: How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers and Many Other Things Come To Be As They Are” (Molotch, 2005). Maybe you’ll also find it interesting!


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