Design as a conversation

Ever wonder how your marshmellow feels as you are dropping it into a pool of hot chocolate on a cold, frosty day?

Terry Border, the modest sort of modern day designer, would say that a marshmellow ship was raided by pirates and the soft, white little creatures are forced to walk the plank. “But wait,” you may ask, “How can marshmellows ‘walk’ the plank?”

In order to walk, you need legs. Like Blossfeldt, Terry Border also adds anthropomorphic qualities to everyday objects. His ideas are insightful and humorous, bursting with child-like imagination. The youtube video below shows us some of his work.  Border began as an artist who manipulated pliable wire to create his displays. Eventually, he started adding more objects into his creations, finding inspiration from goodies that surround him. Sometimes he uses food, other times he uses trash.

Design has conversational qualities. A plain item sitting on your table could speak to you in many ways. The color pink may tell you that the little purse is for young girls. The color black may tell you that it’s for a middle-aged woman. The shape and the texture of the object draws from your experience and memories, a communication between your past and present self. You may pick up a rock and know that it is a rock, having seen it before. You know that rocks are from the outdoors. They age and shrink in size over time from weather damage. The rock may bring back memories from the days you went rock climbing or when you had stone-skipping contests with your brother during your youth.

Terry Border picks up objects that we enjoy everyday and lets them speak to him. He asks the question, “What if…” and finishes the statement. He adds wired legs to the marshmellows, giving them life. The scenarios he create tell a story without words. Any creation works the same way, proving that conversations are commonly associated with design.


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