Through the Eyes of a Designer

I see the world through different eyes.

My measurement is efficiency.

Volumes and forms are containers for the experiences of life.

Light and shadow are materials on my palette for painting a living image of beauty.

Every action has a purpose, a cause and a reaction. If I study these actions – if I observe life – I can understand the reasons for the way things are. If I understand the way things are, I can improve them to how I imagine them to be.

My process is one of observing, understanding, and improving.

Constant learning and endless questioning.

Asking more than answering.

Struggling against the prescribed methods and resisting the urge to settle for mediocrity or the easy way out.

The beauty of simplicity is that it took complexity of thought to achieve it. Contemplate complexity and you will understand simplicity. Understand simplicity and you will improve. Continuous improvement will lead to perfection: the pinnacle of efficiency, to which nothing can be added, and nothing taken away. It is a pinnacle that few reach, but many strive for.

“Overconscientiousness becomes morbid: underconscientiousness becomes indifference and decay.” – George A. Buttrick

A delicate balance must be struck. As a designer, I see flaws, inefficiencies, inconsistencies. As a designer, I envision improvement, purpose, integrity and perfection.

I see the world through the eyes of a designer.



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  • Jo-Anne Peck

    Lovely poetry.

  • Great Manifesto!

  • L

    wonderful. love the form reflecting content. I love the complexity within simplicity moment; and it had me thinking about a TED talk I saw once (I think it was George Whitesides) and the awe inspired in a second look or contemplation of a design.


  • This is an interesting entry to today’s blog off. It says a
    lot about what I find myself liking about minimalism in kitchen and bath
    design. Those with the talent for such things can do incredible things with the
    simplest of lines. Once the piece is finished, others can come along and say, “Oh,
    I could have done that. It’s just a line or two.” But they didn’t. Because they


    • You’re right – people take simplicity for granted. Simple in form, yes, but not simple to achieve. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Very good.

  • Anonymous

    That’s great Brinn. Thanks for the treat.


  • Wow. I like the quote by George A. Buttrick.  That’s pretty deep.

    • It is one of my favorites. It suggests a difficult balance we should all strive for. Thanks for stopping by!

  • It’s a great post, simple and clean. It becomes frustrating when others expect or ask you to see things any other way. It’s often hard to explain it is more than what we do, it is a big part of who we are.

    • Thanks, Lee. It took a few tries before I finally decided on writing simple sentences instead of filling it up with detailed explanations. Sometimes simple is the way to go. And you’re right – it is much more who we are than just ‘what we do’. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Pat Eggleton

    I know nothing about design but I know a good post when I see one and this certainly is. You are so right about simplicity.

  • Jake

    I really like this, as it applies to the way you perceive life outside of your position as a designer as much as within that scope.

    • Very true. It is hard to ‘turn off’ the designer part of me. It can be both good and bad; highly aware of my surroundings and the details that make up our lives, but with the tendency to be critical of everything. Thanks for stopping by!

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