Process-based design experiment.
We live in a world in which our existential landscape is constituted by our exposures to others and our surroundings. We are influenced by our environments both consciously and subconsciously, and advances in technology, particularly social media, have heightened the degree to which we are influenced by others because of the extreme accessibility to all. But what does this say about our individuality? Are the decisions we make truly autonomous, or have they been collectively made for us as a compilation of all of our conscious and subconscious influences? If our decisions are a result of global thought, what are the implications of this? How does collective input affect the output?
"The Exquisite" Shoe was an experiment conducted to test the output of collective input as it relates to the design of a highly functional and expressive product: the shoe. After collecting data about what the idea of a perfect shoe is, I prompted fellow designers to collectively design shoes as described by the public. The design tactic was based on the Surrealist concept "The Exquisite Corpse," through which stories and paintings were created collectively. The results proved to be very interesting and raise further questions about the idea of universal design.