But love and meaning and joy and hope?
That’s what I’m after.
That’s worth the risk.
I found an old picture of a set of sentences from a book called, "What We Talk About When We Talk About God". It was and it still is particularly meaningful. It paints a soliloquy of someone on the cusp of understanding that which is uncertain. We often align our attempts at understanding the abstract with concepts we do understand... replacing the intangible with the tangible. A representation for meaning... God is love - What does that mean? Does it paint a picture of what God is... That is a topic worthy of its own post. What I am reminded of however, is this... When encountering the uncertain, we must leave room for conversation. What follows is interlocution; a sort of translation. Design - it often sits in this limbo of a place... it is transitionary and it is interlocutory. It piques interest, it engages, it proposes and it dialogues. It is special, and particularly meaningful - especially when it comes to representing the uncertain. It is also extremely risky and worthy of being risky.
The question persists... How do we, maintain a business wherein good designers, get to do good work, for good causes - and to do so everyday, sustainably. Every so often we attribute 'good work for good causes' - with less than favourable pay. The good designer for good causes - is assumed to be synonymous with - a designer that has minimal pay, and is yet keeping at it, because he or she is compelled to - often in answer to a call. Such a designer with such a call is rare. And a skillfully-good designers, for good causes, is even more rare! How do we change this - how do we find good designers for good causes; how do we afford them; how do we inject funds for good causes to afford good designers (for good design); and how do we address good causes - making the initiative of designing for good causes, a drastically more compelling industry to be a part of. And so it begins. A journey for reconciliation.