Date: January 3, 2018
Category Text
Topic Ex-Formation
Author Kenya Hara

In Ex-Formation designer Kenya Hara seeks to engage people with the unknown. He explains the modern culture of people constantly saying “I know, I know” and asks, could we design something that is an “entrance for curiosity?”

Ex-Formation → What you don’t know

Hara believes that this method can force us from our preconceptions and allow us to experience a new reality. Though his book he recounts case studies of students with which he has asked them to consider Ex-Formation via a series of themes.

“The persuasive power of the visual surpasses the eloquence of logic (68)”

Case Studies:

Wrinkles – Products → The iron frocers the viewer to reference memory and observations. It engages the viewer with tactility, without a physical touch. It provokes thoughts of a future when clothing will be unwrinkled though touch. It also displays the human connection to every machine.

Herbivorous → Packaging inedibles as edibles. The circumstance of the packaging leads to interaction. That comes from lived experience of styrofoam being a container for food. It asks if we will eventually reproduce nature for consumption.

“Imagine a century equals a second, trees would appear like fireworks”

These case studies have one thing in common, their ability to use lived experiences as entry points for their work. It is an approach that allows the designers to take risks and be forward thinking while remaining connected to the present. I hope to utilize similar methods as I continue my experimentation.