A designer, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary is “one who creates and often executes plans for a project or structure”. This broad definition encompasses two different practices: that of Architecture and building design, and that of the Industrial, or, product designer. Both are designers, and both design very different things.
Knowing this, and having attended a school where both parties share the same buildings and adjacent studios, it could not be more obvious that there is a drastic difference between the Architect and the Product designer. The following visual diptychs are meant to illustrate subtle differences that contribute to the identities and practices that each camp clings to.
While there is no definite formula or rubric to what makes a designer or architect, it is interesting to see the lines that each diptych draws between the two. Through each of these one can start to see a collage of impressions of each major, and though some are comical, they all tend to have some grain of truth in them.
diptychs are provided by students from both schools. Enjoy:
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