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Three qualities every contemporary product design should have. (to be successful).

Archetypal quality — an iconic look.

Archetype is an assamblage of ideal shapes reduced to their essence. It is an iconic, simplistic look that people easily remember — even a simple outline of the design could indicate its origin.

The key and challenge of reaching a certain archetype lies in balancing the simplicity with narrative features and sculptural execution.


Case examples:

Success of Apple is based on the premise of a well executed simplicity that is completely neutral and thus, enables the greatest room to “identify” with the product. However, Apple presents the extremity that sacrifices the other two components to reach the greatest audience, a median without a clearly defined taste.

Dyson is an example that goes further in terms of design maturitity. It fuses iconic look with a clear concept of narrativity in its identity and encases these features into smooth aesthetics.

Narrative quality — the story in design.

“Narrativity” in design is all about creating a combination of shapes and materials that create a sense of inner logic that has an epical consequentiality.

Aesthetical consequentiality is built on two pillars — form and function and their context. Historical or classical “design” was built mainly through ornament that carries the motion and intent of a certain narrative aim, function is in this case mostly structural.

In modern or contemporary design, the function becomes the form. The forms may be inspired and thematic, but their existence is derived from the presence of a certain functional element.

Case examples:

The best field to explain this concept is Haute Horlogerie. Complex mechanisms and their numerous functional points lead designers firmly to make the best aesthetical use of them and showcase the function in the best possible manner.

Franck Muller watches

Franck Muller watches

Similar thinking can be applied in any contemporary design — the function leads the aesthetical demonstration and with the combination of a theme, the design will present pure “storytelling”, without any ornament, only through a simple combination of shapes introduced through a function.

Sculptural quality — the fluency and attractivity of forms.

Sculptural in design can be defined as a balance of sharp and round forms. The complexity of such shaping is determined by the degree of presence of an archetype. The more discerning the archetype, the less developed is the complexity of sculptural shaping.

In other words, the more we strive for an iconic look, the less visually intricate will the object be.

For a commercial success of a design, it is necessary to find a rational balance between the development of shapes — their ridges, valleys and “hills” and an iconic look people can understand and identify with. The more precisely we can balance these two aspects, the better we can predict impact of a design to our selected target groups and market.

Case examples:

The best area to illustrate the potential of sculptural shaping and qualities is the automotive world. Nowhere else in design does the mere look bear such a weight in customer’s decision in proportion to price. Cars are the most expensive objects most people can buy and their looks have developed immensely over a century. Another reason to include automotive as the best example is the main factor that streamlines the curves — aerodynamics — the shapes simply have to be arranged according to existence of these forces, this bestowes cars with an inherent functional quality that naturally leads to sculptural shaping.

Porsche 918

Porsche 918



Two best examples are the Porsche 918 and LaFerrari, their shaping is the most well executed in terms of logical continuation of shapes and their iconic presence.

918 presents the more staid aestethics and LaFerrari the more dymanic fluency, but both excel in what we can call “sculptural shaping” and thus illustrate the concept the best.

Another example is from product, the leaders of developed shaping in design were the Eames couple. Their works are the best incarnations of the on point combination of iconic looks and developed shapes.

Eames Lounge Chair Wood (Eames LCW)

Eames Lounge Chair Wood (Eames LCW)

Charles and Ray Eames with their Lounge Chair and ottoman

Charles and Ray Eames with their Lounge Chair and ottoman

Conclusive example.

The GJ by Grete Jalk chair, currently in production by Lange productionsums all three describe dqualities and imbues them into an utmost modern, almost a futuristic work (despite the design being over 50 years old).

GJ chair by Grete Jalk

GJ chair by Grete Jalk

The GJ chair at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Danish Design exhibition. Via   Gizmodo

The GJ chair at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Danish Design exhibition. Via Gizmodo

GJ chair presents a quality of aesthetics designers should be inspired by and should strive to achieve.

The future of design in terms of commercial success lies mainly in diverting the customer from competition with the sheer visual quality. The technological aspect is currently more advanced than the aesthetics we can manufacture and produce.

To sum up:

If you can divide yourself from a crowd based on a simple, quick glance, you are halfway “there”. The precision of determining the ratios between the three described qualities will help you to achieve the greatest part of success — to establish a dialogue between you and the customer. The rest will take care of itself. Almost. But that is up to another article☺

The single most important quality of a successful person.

I was sipping my coffee as usual when thinking about qualities that helped me to be better at what I do. Qualities that strenghtened both my personality and work discipline. 

The single most important quality is - stubbornness (funnily enough, even the word refuses to have less than redundantly excessive number of letters). Might not look surprising to some, but this quality can be only appreciated when enjoyed to the fullest.

Why did I not indicate perseverance instead of stubbornness? I believe perseverance is only the long term result of momentary stubbornness - to be stubborn is to refuse to quit. It is the firmness and resolutness in your mindset, to carry on, to continue, whatever the current adversities may be 

Stubbornness can also have negative connotations but in most cases, it is a feat that can be trained under strain to absolutely solid personal quality. What do I mean by trained? Put yourself in the most difficult place, situation and deal with it, quitting is not an option.

I had "passed" tests of endurance where I had to work 20, 24 or more hours straight in extremely stressing situations where the eventual success of a large project would rely only on my abilities. I was alone in the office and I knew that the next morning, the success of what will be presented rellies on whether I can keep pushing and find a solution right now. The clock is ticking and there is nothing louder than it at 4 am in the morning. 

These are moments that teach you to rely on yourself. There might not be anybody to save you or to help you, the only help you can count on is your mind. Will you crumble under the weight or will you perservere? If you manage to cope with the problem and push the weight with your own shoulders you will learn one thing - you will be there for yourself when needed.

I usually do not have to handle such big strain on my own now, but I learned that I can count on myself when this moment comes. I can say with certainty – there are not many feelings that can be compared to saying – let's get it on – when you see the big fin in the water approaching right at you. To perservere at any cost, to endure any strain and see yourself victorious is a feeling that makes you a complete, successful individual who knows that in the end, it is only yourself who can truly save you.