From these interviews 21st-century-designer-assignment-4-the-interviews, I have noticed a few interesting points I’d like to explore, that are actually somewhat different to the ideas I thought I’d find before beginning this project.
Firstly almost everyone gave the same reasons for why they thought people treasure things, the idea that they have “emotional value” girl1. The following explanation sums up everyone’s answers, and my own thoughts best “Cause they carry memories and evoke different memories of sensory experiences. Different smells, thoughts, feelings or people.”Dougie. I’ve found the connection between various experiences and the objects very interesting. Before starting this assignment the only thing I really conncected with objects were feelings, thinking you might treasure an object beacuase it made you happy or it made you nostalgic. As i have worked through this project I have realised how accurate Dougie’s idea really is. People can treasure objects because of any connection you can possibly think of!
Another thought that has intrigued me is that objects tend to be treasured for two main reasons. Either something with sentimental value, which you were given or something you’ve had for a while and use all the time. These things tend to be more pratical, where as things with sentimental value tend to be more like keepsakes, with little pratical use. This contrast in my study was split between males and femails. The females I interviewed focused on something they were given, it was old and meant a great deal because of a sentimental connection, the teddy bear jennifer had from birth, the half penny from Girl1′s gran and the ring from Rachael’s great gran. This contrasts greatly with the boys answers of Frasers guitar and Dougie’s laptop. Luther’s first guitar crosses both idea’s a little, but I still feel it is treasured largely because of it’s practical uses, and the use it has served him over the years. Without interviewing many more people it’s hard to tell if this was just a coincidence or if it really is a trend which follows this question. Looking at other research there appears to be the idea of a clear contrast but would take much more reading to know for sure. This is an interesting idea I would like to read up more about.
From the type of reactions people have from asking them what they would do without it, you can judge thier passion, “if it was taken away from me forever I’d probably be a bit upset – and would’t be able to sleep properly for a while! i’d need to hug a pillow or something…I sound like a nutter totally in love with my teddy…”jennifer “i would cry!”luther. This shows real emotional attachment to an object, which is something I really feel is treasuring. It contrasts to answers like “Kinda bored, It controls every source of media I have. But I would probably do more, like go out more as I would be very bored in my house without it. but I would definetly get very bored.”Dougie, which shows a real attachment and need for this object, but not necessarily because they totally love it, which I would think of as treasuring. This reinforces the idea that the reasons males treasure objects can be for very practical reasons.
An interview I found very interesting was the one with Luther. His answer to why he treasures it “because it’s been there from the start, and basiccally was my parents seal of approval to try and go for music. i wrote my first ever song on it” and if he keeps it with him “keep it with me, it’s in the music studio i work in so i can teach with it” were very inciteful! His emotional attachment for his first every guitar comes from the fact it was the beguining of his musical life and now he wants to share this connection to people begining their musical journey! Even if it’s unsaid, the fact he teaches with this guitar over any other guitars he has shows a real connection with it. It is an object he truly treasures for great reasons.
I feel I have learned a great deal from this assignment, It is the second interview assignment I have done this semester, but I definetly feel this one has been the most interesting. If I could could do this project over I would have given my self much more time to complete it. I definetly underestimated the depth of which I would want to delve into people’s objects. Thinking about it, I would have asked the person to draw thier object, I feel my study is lacking visual references, for both my self to look back on, but also to encourage my interviewees to think further into thier object. I feel I should have re-read “The Back Of The Napkin” by Dan Roam. It would have maybe shown some simple exercises to get more information from the subject by drawing.
By chosing this topic I have really enjoyed reflecting on the interviews and learning what people concider to be thier most treasured objects. It has been fasinating and I feel it will aid me as a designer, as well as personally because I have thought about the reasons people like, love and treasure things. I had never really concidered this before, but it is a key factor in design. When you’re creating something, no matter what it is you should have already thought about how someone is going to like, love or treasure it and how you can use these reasons to improve your product, service, jewellery or anything!