Truth, Design and Reality

We often search for the truth in our designs , the measure by which we relate the outcome of our creative process to reality. 

In spite of the fact that the client may be very happy with the end result,  for us , it is of great importance to explore and determine the truth in design  .  This is represented by the connection we manage to create between what truly matters and how we translate this into a design concept that remains faithful to its core message. 

In order to come closer to this notion, the design approach should unfold on several levels . But how do we get there ? 

If we defined truth in design as the combination of ideas and the way they are implemented, then we must go through the process of scrutiny which opens the gate to so many questions. We must feel what we want to create and seek harmony while concentrating on the actual state of the matter, the truth. 

The key to truth and reality is simplicity which is the central motivation in any design concept. 

Deep inside of us , we create our design based on a set of facts, feelings and a certain design philosophy which tie into a “life style “ for the clients. We internalize all this information and attempt to create the most harmonious interpretation of it  . When we design a home, we intend  to deliver something very essential  to a person’s life, thus it must carry a truth that remains faithful to the reality of those clients . 

“The main objective of truth in design is to combine ideas and their ways of implementation. Truth is not an ideology that you have to understand so you have a basis for implementation. It is represented by how the design satisfies the ideology in practice.”

If a design appears over-styled , it does not hold  content which turns the design into a shell . There must be a certain action within the created space to ensure that it holds content. Shells and surroundings remain meaningless covers if they are void of volume and content which the designer injects during the creative process. We should not allow our design abilities which I will refer to as “muscles” to overshadow the content and purpose itself.

When function and need have been determined , the notion of style is to be considered next. During the process of creating , we walk through a certain style avenue  . So, how can your intention determine a certain form ? Style is rooted in the content and is no longer a formalistic category which means that it becomes a specific form of a specific content. Content can determine form which cannot exist without a user . This leads to the conclusion that the user is the focal point of the content itself .

That said , design can only be true if it serves the need and requirement of the user. 

And those vary greatly from case to case,  from culture to another, from one generation to the next … and so forth  . Therefore, the creative design process in defining its truth and reality begin from square one with every new project.

One of my favorite quotes by T.S Elliott reflects my intended objective here :

“Shape without form, shade without color ,paralyzed force, gesture without motion. “


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