154 – Design

I know I took a summer blog break in August. Now that autumn has arrived, it’s time for another blog break. It’s planned with the hope I’ll return in early November. Stay safe!

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I like to walk on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

As I head west on this lovely day, I’m unsure of my topic. I pass a large gathering of shells left by the recent tide, and one catches my eyes.

I pick up a shell with many irregular bumps and ridges. It’s far from the prettiest shell on the beach – but it does stand out among the masses. Biologically, I know those bumps and ridges are products of thousands of years of change. Although I don’t know why I know its appearance has something to do with the adaptations that developed over time.

As the water of the next waves brushes my feet, I wonder if this shell contains any microscopic organism known for brilliant designs or patterns. I look across the water realizing all living and nonliving things in the sea are designed to fit together like an intricate puzzle of supporting relationships.

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Today I’m thinking about designs. Not so much as a visual pattern, but more about how something is put together. My eyes shift to the row of buildings along the beach – each with a personalized appearance – a design.

I think about everything that goes into designing those buildings – sketches, outlines, drawings, maps, diagrams, drafts, schemes, models, plans, blueprints, and proposals that lead to the construction process turning the idea into reality.

I think about how those designers must consider aesthetics, functionality, economics, and environmental concerns long before developing architectural blueprints, circuit diagrams, and engineering drawings.

I think about how everything inside the unit is similar to its design. Product designers work to link the concept to a functional reality. Interior designers plan a certain appearance to fit the final product’s link to marketing and the final sale. As a whole, the process needs a team of specialized designers.

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Designs convey a message both in appearance and how it works. After all, it may look great, but not work very well. Yes, that’s poor design by a knowledgeable team that should have known better.

I shift to the sea to think about its design. The sea is one of our planet’s large ecological systems. The sea with its design of many organisms; each designed to live at a certain depth and temperature. The sea is the home of life with unique appearances and functionalities. Organisms with adaptations for biological success.

The sea is a design of many interlocking food chains woven into a complex web. The sea is a place where living things interact with each other and their nonliving surroundings. The sea is a place with numerous checks and balances allowing a constantly changing world to maintain a long-term equilibrium.

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I think about the colors and structures of life in the sea. All those living things are designed to do something a certain way. Structures and behaviors are designed to increase the chances of their offspring surviving. An individual life will die, but it does so unknowingly hoping the species will continue. The same is true on land in explaining why zebras have stripes and hippos do not.

I think that nature is a better designer than we humans. After all, nature built shelters long before humanity. The same with silk, paper, and waterproofing. The same with shock absorbers, water retention systems, ventilation, recycling, camouflage, sonar, and much more. Yes, nature needed to accomplish a lot before humans did. But, we are smart enough to mimic nature, then adapt it to our needs that are part of our design.

Some say there is a fine line between design and art. From the beauty of intricate exoskeletons to geologic patterns, to the colors, stripes, and spots of animals and plants, we also mimic nature’s beauty and transform it into functionality.

Suddenly, Barcelona pops into my mind. It is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen. It is a visual feast, plus the home of famed modernist architect Antoni Gaudi. La Sagrada’s design is unique, yet it has a way of touching the soul. There is no doubt that nature influenced Gaudi.

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Barcelona and Gaudi remind me that nature is a place with few straight lines or sharp corners. No wonder Gaudi said, “The straight line belongs to human beings, curved lines belong to God.” Thinking of Gaudi reminds me that design can be art, and designing is an art.

Design offers much to think about on this day. I also realize I’ve only touched the surface of this topic. After all, all of us are familiar with fashion designers, web designers, graphic designers, interior designers, and many other designers in life. But design has been a good topic for my day. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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95 thoughts on “154 – Design”

  1. Design is woven into the fabric of all things around us, by intention or by accident often unconsciously. How we set the table, hang our clothes. Nature’s natural patterns we often copy into our art, music, architectural styles. It can be useful or totally unique with no purpose but it is a pattern a design of someone who, put lots of time to create order of things in order to great something new. I just woke up and my rambling has no design 😂 have a great break that you have designed, sorry planned for yourself.

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    1. Ritva,
      LOL … Well done for just waking up! 🙂 From nature’s offerings to human creations, you captured very much about design … and I’m sure you work hard on your creative art. Design is one thing, then incorporating the color scheme is another. Cheers to your efforts and final results.

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  2. Design…yes, a wonderful ‘thing’.
    Its so amazing to see it in the natural world, isn’t it.

    Last night we were with our sons, and they started talking about engineering, since both sons are, as well as hubby, and hubby and one son are civil engineers, one specializing in structural engineering. Hence the subject started to be about road and bridge designs, etc. hmmm…preparing me for this post, I guess, LOL!

    Thanks for another thought provoking post…and have a good break, and be refreshed!

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  3. That’s a lovely video to say goodbye with, Frank, and 4 beautiful and talented young ladies. Artfully designed and accomplished. My husband used to design gardens for a living and still dabbles with the increasingly clever technology. Trouble is, our brains don’t get cleverer, and I do hear him muttering to himself when it doesn’t quite go right. Have a great break, and I hope you have solved the family issues.

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    1. Jo,
      As you mentioned, garden and landscape design is another specialized design field. I’ve got the feeling many designers mutter because they just know something is not right. Glad you enjoyed the video – but huh – it included 4 beautiful women? I will have to watch again because I didn’t notice.PS: The blog break is planned, but not around family issues. 🙂


  4. Excellent points, Frank. Nature’s beauty is fascinating to me too. I wonder if the hurricanes and storms are necessary for the creation of some of the designs we see? Or how the sea creatures survive those storms? My mind wandered with the sound of the beach waves. Thanks for sharing your post.
    Enjoy your blogging break!

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    1. Shelley.
      Interesting question about storms. As far as designs go, those spirals from space are beautiful. The coastal storms can reshape beaches …. which causes me to think about how forest fires are necessary to repopulate the forest. That’s a brilliant design. Meanwhile, wandering minds can be a good thing! 🙂

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      1. I agree with your thoughts. My daughter has a dear friend that works in the forestry department and is responsible for many of the controlled burns to help the forests grow and repopulate. Walking through a forest that has been properly burned looks very fascinating.
        Happy trails and wandering to you. Enjoy your blogging break.

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  5. I would have to agree with you that nature is a better designer than we humans. But that doesn’t deter me from trying often to interior re-design my home. Bringing nature inside seems to work well for my sensibilities. Enjoy your blog break!

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  6. I have always nurtured my artistic inclinations be they writing a book, painting picture, taking a photo, designing a garden – even doing my hair (!). It’s a huge part of me. But it’s all about design no matter what. My eyes seek the design in everything. Arranging dinner on a plate so it looks appealing – gosh I could go on and on but you get the idea: Design is a huge part of my world. I actually think it is a huge part of everyone’s world but not everyone recognizes it!! You certainly do and I too hope you have designed yet another fabulous blog break for yourself and your family. See you soon……we’ll miss you at school.


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    1. Bruce,
      Yep …. this blog break is absolutely by design. 🙂 Lot of great scenery in that video. Eagles are off to a great start … and to the surprise of many. They have a lot of things going for them, and the division works in their favor. Good luck the rest of the way!

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  7. Thank you for including me in the posts you linked to!
    You expressed so well what I also realize when I contemplate design — realizing how many aspects must be considered, and how many contributors are involved. That is why I love to watch haute couture fashion runway videos even though I don’t wear anything fashionable myself — I love to see what the collaboration between designers, embellishers, drapers, etc. can call into being — beautiful or ridiculous, but always something to spark new ideas. 🙂

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    1. T-Ranger,
      Welcome first-time commenter to the sands of my cyberbeach. A special thank you for your post. With each theme, I search for some appropriate posts to promote. With “design” being such a broad topic, I tried to provide a wide range of topics.

      Thank you also for the kind words and for chiming in from your professional perspective. Deisgn is important and special … and you wonderfully tied various aspects together! 🙂 Good luck with your future designs.

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  8. Although I believe there’s no way the world could have such amazing designs and structures without God creating all of it, I certainly agree that it’s awesome in the true sense of the word. I’d love to see some of Gaudi’s work in person but I enjoy seeing it online as well. As for the beach, I’m glad you still have a beach. The destruction of beach, property, and life in Florida and other places Ian touched are horrific.

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    1. Janet,
      Gaudi’s work is very creative, but not for everyone. La Sagrada itself is spectacular – and anyone can see how nature inspired him. I also think it’s also an expression of him love for creation and God. His work is in other parts of Barcelona … In Google Images, search “Barcelona Block of Discord”. Enjoy!

      Yes, the sights of Ian’s destruction in Florida is heartwrenching. Fortunately, we go to the Panhandle – but we know people affected.


  9. The other thing I love about design is that it can touch you emotionally. There are colours and shapes that are calming and restful and of course there are designs that act as irritants but then they’re also those that foster imagination and creativity. The sky is the limit I guess.

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  10. Design is definitely a cool topic. You could do more on this topic.
    Nature is definitely the superior designer.
    Okay, Frank, cheers to you, your beach walks and your break!

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  11. I think the most magical designs in our world are the ones made by nature and mystery. In fact, when a manmade design elicits even a whisper of the same hushed reverence I give to the former, I feel as if humanity is winning. It’s almost like proof that we’re a part of something much bigger than ourselves.

    Have a good break Cincy

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      1. Mind you, I’m not an investigative journalist so I don’t subject every single thing to cynicism and anger.

        Extrapolate is IN the files!

        PS- Imma be on you to write a post about that comment! 😉

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  12. Whether a Gaudi Cathedral or sea shell the beauty of design is such a gift to each of us. I also like the notion that we use the word “design” as behavioral in understanding how people think and make decisions.

    Enjoy your break, Frank, and thank you for the Earth Song. I really enjoyed it.

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    1. Tina,
      Design was a good topic. Looking back, the different designs I could see while walking on the beach sparked the idea. Because design is a big topic, I wouldn’t be surprised if the future delivers volume 2. As a matter of fact, I’ve already captured a several comments to lead the way. Meanwhile – Yep – off again. My blog break usually aren’t this close together, but that’s how events fall.


  13. I have to agree that nature is the best designer. She makes things fit in their perfect ways. We humans can only be inspired by it.
    Have a fantabulous break during the most fascinating month!

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  14. you designed a touching piece to match your wonderful piece worthy now of another break Frank since you left us spellbound once again. 💗. Time ”
    No wonder Gaudi said, “The straight line belongs to human beings, curved lines belong to God.” Thinking of Gaudi reminds me that design can be art, and designing is an art.

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    1. Cindy,
      There is no doubt that art is design and designing is art. I was in a museum recently that had some spatial art … a room displayed as an art form. Then it hit me – interior designers are artists! Hope all is well and excuse me tardiness because I was on blog break and out of the country. Back posting this weekend.

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  15. Above all things designed by man, Nature by far is the Master Designer. Man in many ways copies and infringes upon the Designs designated by Nature to create a Perfectly Formed Creation. How amazing it is that All we see serves a purpose, even if we don’t know what that purpose is. OH to be able to see more, know more, understand more. Mother Nature beguiles the mind and brings a halt to our breath when we gaze upon unfathomable beauty. How? Why? When? For what? Mother is my number one Inspirer in all aspects of my life.

    Great post, Frank! Thank you!!

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    1. Amy,
      Cheers to nature being your inspriation. That cleary comes out in your photos. Nature is not only a master designer, it has a way of correcting flaws – which includes elimination. Yes, humans will mimic nature, but nature also inspires human creative. Please excuse my late response, but blog break took my out of the country for a few weeks. Back to posting soon.

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    1. Cheryl,
      No doubt that nature has a profound effect on human designers and artists … and it does so in various ways. Meanwhile, I had a wonderful break which included 2 1/2 weeks in France. A tough task but I rose to the occasion. Back to posting this weekend. Hope all is well with you.

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  16. Mother Nature/the Spirit/whatever you call the originator of LIFE is the master designer of all. I think it’s incredible when we just look at the design of the human body. Boggles the mind. Hope all is well, Frank!

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    1. Pam,
      I’m with you … the overall design of not only our surroundings on our planet, the design of the universe is beyond my comprehension …. and then to think the universality of the laws of nature …. well, we think its universiality. Please excuse my late response as I was on blog break – including 17 days in France … a tough task …. Back to posting this weekend. I hope all is well.

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  17. You know Frank, your blog is always interesting and thought-provoking, but the thing I love the most about it is the volume of conversation you incite among your followers. There are always reactions and thoughts that take the subject to yet another level – what more could we ask for or expect from those who pay us a visit. Once again on this one a wonderful set of comments and reactions. Personally I very much agree with your thoughts about the interaction between art and design, and about how nature is a wonderful example of both. My only disagreement is about Gaudi, of whom I am not a fan. Obviously I am very much in the minority on this one but I’m sticking to my opinion, like it or not LOL.

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    1. Tina,
      Thanks for the kind words as you made my day. Though-provoking is one of my aims, so thanks for your thoughts. I greatly appreciate the comments from readers. Ater all, the comments have inspired other walks! Besides, early in my blog life I learned that if someone takes the time to comment, I would respond with more than a thank you. Meanwhile, I can understand how Gaudi is not for everyone … after all, some is a stretch for me. Sorry for the late response, but October was a good blog break for me … plus I had a good vacation in France. I hope to return to posting this weekend. 🙂


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