After reading Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions in the 80s, I am hesitant to even use the word paradigm as a means of describing something new. Evolution was a new paradigm in biology. Copernicus broke the astronomical paradigm of an earth-centered universe. But I’ve been thinking alot about something Clement mentioned the other day about the need to make more and sooner. I think the real hangup is in the word research. This had really affected my thinking this week. Making implies a creative act; bringing something to life. Questions to explore will occur along the way which is really just research. You see a problem, you explore the problem, you theorize ways to solve the problem, you test the problem and adjust based on your theory and the results. That is research at its core but I think most designers, including myself, see research as a purely intellectual pursuit. It’s alien because makers use their hands to create. Artists and designers do this as well. I think we (designers/creators) see research as something that’s in our head. We don’t see the mathematical scrawls of a theoretical astrophysicist as a creative process which really is absurd.

Scientists are telling stories. Artists are telling stories. The paths may be slightly different but ultimately are very similar.

more later…