Today’s industrial world implements virtual-reality technology, in an effort to discover new things by showing that which dose not yet exist. Designs must be proven, otherwise they seem unrealistic, based on the idea that anyone can make a wish for some magical thing. With this view, imagining, is something anyone can do, therefore, putting it to paper or in the round defines the design activity. Engineering opportunities, the interests of those who engineer the thing, have their own design concerns. The Industrial Design profession seems as if it is free from restrictive analysis, creatively deferring judgment, allowing a nonlinear process to solve problems in a more flexible way. These design activities create engineering opportunities, adding value such as, building elegant details and conceptual redundancy into a product. Many times, the design is represented as an element that is seen in the decorative application of identification, combining styling with branding. This can develop after the fact when it is a thing driven by engineering. With a more creative approach, design can be applied as an origination and conceptualization activity supported by engineering.
In defense of the suggestion that, the design profession is in direct contrast to engineering, creative processes driven by engineering concerns may cause lost opportunities. This may be due to certain aspects and parameters of the development process being grounded in reality and design activity represented as an engineering tool. An idea may be proposed without restrictions. Without showing exactly how to make it, or prove that it is real, it will likely be dismissed. I think that these facts have dismissed design from industrial applications in ways other than concept visualization and styling applications. Afterthoughts and arbitrary decorative modifications show up across history. Developments and contributions from outside the creative process, driven by how people have had to apply things to their lives which had an effect on their lives, is a driving force on progress. People drive trends in culture and develop culture with what they create. These effects can be part of the development process when technology is applied in such ways as mass-customization, crowd-sourcing and beta testing. We are now experiencing the beginning of how 3-dimensional design, mechanical concepts and technology applications will become part of the hypermedia economy. This pursuit has continued in new ways with the application and development of 3d printing and stereoscopic media.
My variety of employment experience in the field of design, has helped to gather my experiences and skills and focus them with fresh perspectives. I am Interested in the things I have been working on and am looking for an environment which will allow me to apply my understanding of these things in relevant ways. I am interested in areas which would mutually benefit from my personal investment in certain knowledge and skill-sets. Different approaches and strategies, to aspects of what I have an interest in, will allow me to move forward with my endeavors. What I intend to gain through my design work is a solid understanding of techniques, philosophies and ideas which are necessary to prepare for success in today’s world and tomorrows future.
Oliver Wolcott Dickert