Adapt Or Die

Why do we need to accept and learn from change in the design world?

Charles Darwin wrote in his book the origin of species that those species who adapt to their changing environment (expand here on what environment now means more than climate- work,society, etc). have the best chance of surviving. Now more than ever I think that this statement is something to live by. The dying part is a bit dramatic, but we have seen that shock value works when it comes to reaching an audience. Instert Darwin image. 

I have recently moved from South Africa to the Netherlands to further my studies in design. Not only have a I moved to a completely new context, but it is also a very strange time in the world. If there was ever a time for it, now is the time to adapt.

With new covid regulations and so many other factors influencing my life right now, this research has pushed me to be quite introspective. Firstly, how can I network, which is an outwardly action in a time where we are advised to isolate. Then how can I facilitate collaborations if I myself am not sure of what this new exciting place has to offer.

Overwhelmed by the thought of having to trying to replicate, in a very small amount of time, the kind of knowledge that one would need from having lived here for a while made me decide to speed-date with Rotterdam. I am stuck at the idea that I think I should know how to do it, but the whole point of me being here is to learn better ways to do it and to document that journey. 

I asked myself how I must adapt to ‘survive’ here? And now? I recently found myself in bit of a creative block and struggling to contextualise my work here. I thought the best way to combat this would be to explore my surroundings and essentially try to gather as much information and knowledge as I can and quickly. (Series of lift images here)

My aim is to gather photographs, thoughts, ideas, videos, drawings, notes and anything else that I find interesting and then linking it to my research. I mentioned at the start that I wanted to start categorising better and this is where it started merging into the way that I work in some ways. I got stuck at the idea that I think I should know which categories I should use, forgetting that the whole point of me being here is to learn better ways to do it and to document that journey. 

I loved how the whole city was reflected in this bowl. This image was taken very early into my relocation since different people have told me different stories about this place. [tags: Hidden meaning unseen stories. history matters, represenation]

I started by going through all of my photographs from my time in the Netherlands so far. I have unconsciously been creating content. I now need to structure these accordingly. I went through and picked what I thought was relevant and from there have once again started a keyword map. As if I am starting fresh, but from my new ‘Dutch’ perspective.

I want to look at what similarities and differences to I find between here and SA in terms of design, culture, humour, society etc. (Insert Image of Picture folder here before categorising.)

what you did, what you found and what you know now.

Wanted to categorise better . I am stuck at the idea that I think I should know how to do it, but the whole point of me being here is to learn better ways to do it and to document that journey. 

 I am just being inspired by so many thing here that it is jumbling my brain even more. 

[For all of these there are imagery. My phone is not syncing with my pc so I have send them in groups.]

Getting layout Inso from new views lines from the bridges and the skyline. patterns on tiles. architecture

Colour palattes changing from what I see. Photo of the leaves and something blue. 

Reworking things in a new way – example.ceramics 

Getting in touch with my hertiage – Slee book

Seeing where I spot semblances of home. – video from the shop with african dresses. 

#explore #discover

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