: to plan and make decisions about something that is being built or created

Source: Merriam-Webster


: 1540s, from Latin designaremark out, devise, choose, designate, appoint,” from de-out” + signareto mark,” from signuma mark, sign.” Originally in English with the meaning now attached to designate; many modern uses of design are metaphoric extensions.



“We design our world, while our world acts back on us and designs us.”

Anne-Marie Willis (Design writer, editor, educator and activist, sustainability consultant, and researcher who has worked on major design projects for more than a decade.)

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“Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.”

Dieter Rams (born 1932, age 82, German industrial designer who is closely associated with consumer product company Braun and the Functionalist school of industrial design.)

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Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”

Steve Jobs (1955-2011, American entrepreneur, inventor, marketer, co-founder, chairman of CEO of Apple Inc. )

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“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.”

Charles Eames (1907-1978, He and his wife, Bernice Alexandra “Ray” Eames (1912-1988), were American designers who made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture.)

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Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.”

Peter Zumthor (born 1943, age 71, Swiss architect and winner of the 2009 Prizker Prize and 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.)

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“Biomimicry is basically taking a design challenge and then finding an ecosystem that’s already solved that challenge, and literally trying to emulate what you learn.”

Janine Benyus (Science writer, innovation consultant, conservationist. “A self-proclaimed nature nerd, Janine Benyus’ concept of biomimicry has galvanized scientists, architects, designers, and engineers into exploring new ways in which nature’s successes can inspire humanity.”)

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How do we want to design and expand our individual lives as we move forward?

When I worked at a New York City college I took an Introduction to Design course.  It was one of the most amazing college courses I have ever had.  The professor was a very devoted teacher and guide, and also a professional designer who loved her work.

The summer class was small with roughly about 15 students, and I was twice as old in age as my fellow students, biologically speaking that is.

I was a little late getting into the class, mainly because as an employee I had to wait until all students had first dibs.  When I sat down the professor had one of the other students lend me her design item, the everyone was assigned to bring to class that day.

It was a hard-boiled egg slicer.  I had to take it apart, reconstruct it, and come up with a whole new set of original ideas. Essentially, I had to come up other possibilities within the design from what was already created.

I didn’t think I could so at first.  My mind was full of doubt.  But, the professor tenderly coached all of us along, and to my surprise I was able to create many different design possibilities; some that were practical and workable, and others that, if I must so myself, were simply sublime.  Those were the ones that had great bones.

It took a great deal of work, devotion and sacrifice to study the fundamentals of design.  But it became incredibly fun and satisfying to create and to see the end-results to my labor.

How do I wish to design my life moving forward? I want to live creatively, joyously, and fearlessly in love, devoted to life and new experiences on this New Earth.  I want to be apart of loving workable communities.  Also, I want to deepen my spiritual practices, elevate my thoughts and vibration, enter new cycles of transformation, and create healthy and innovative patterns of well-being.

There’s a cornucopia of inspiration that exists of great design, whether it’s through our experiences or our unique perspectives of Nature, the Cosmos, words, or numbers, or through creative view of other people’s lives, works of art, theater, film, technology, literature, music, etc.  In short, there are infinite possibilities to break apart, build upon, re-create, and lead out from.

This is an exciting world we share, chock-full-of diversity, mystery, enchantment, and wonder.  Let us open up and be more aware of what Life is offering, so we can move forward and consciously co-create and co-design our lives to our wildest dreams.

With Love, Tonya


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