“In school we’re rewarded for having the answer, not for asking a good question.”
– Richard Saul Wurman.
At the Cooper-Hewitt’s 2012 National Design Awards Winners’ Panel, Richard Saul Wurman asked a few very good questions to four celebrated and brilliant design minds – product designer Scott Wilson, fashion designer Thom Browne, scientist Janine Benyus, and graphic designer Rebeca Méndes.
About 500 people gathered in the Altman Building in NYC to hear these designers talk about topics ranging from the importance of mentors to innovation and failure. Wurman suggested that the biggest design decision we will make is the design of our lives. SW_1 Collection designer ,Scott Wilson, added that a combination of great mentors, including a high school art teacher, and serious life events like his mother’s death inspired him to pursue his potential as a designer. His path was not always smooth, and quoting Bill Moggridge, Wilson said, “fail early and often to succeed sooner.”
Coming from different backgrounds and disciplines, each designer’s story was unique but they all possess the same passion for what design means in our world today: good design thinking questions the world around us and asks, “How can I make this place better?” Whether the question is “How can I make people feel more comfortable in their work environment?” or “What can I learn from innovation in the natural world?” good design seeks to improve our daily lives.
Coalesse also participated in the associated Teen Design Fair, where VP of Design Bob Arko counseled teens interested in design careers, and the National Design Awards Gala.
SW_1 designer Scott Wilson on stage at the National Design Awards Winners' Panel.
Friends of Coalesse at the National Design Awards Gala.
Coalesse VP of Design Bob Arko talking to teens interested in design careers at the Teen Design Fair.
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