iPhones, iron skillets and ‘designed deterioration’

How true – this quote comes from a spot-on reflection about designing in consideration of the lives of the things being designed:

Unused objects are ignorant; only the ones that have been put to use, that have traveled, that have been tossed around have accumulated knowledge. That knowledge and familiarity, if it’s worn properly, can make an object desirable.

(I suspect it’s the same when ‘designing/writing’ and plain living our autobiographies.) It implicitly asks how designers of all shades – albeit constrained by the demands of consumer economies in which they operate – might engage in the act of designing, such that what gets produced will be cherished. Via Treehugger.

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