The designer Ettore Sottsass of Olivetti’s iconic red plastic typewriter expresses how his craft has changed from being a small boy who sketched for fun to a man who is hired to design for profit:

Now everything seems to have changed. The things I do (by myself or with my companions) seem to have changed and the way they are done also seems to have changed because, goodbye bright blue Planet, goodbye melodious seasons, goodbye stones, dust, leaves, ponds, and dragon flies, goodbye boiling-hot days, dead dogs by the roadside, shadows in the wood like prehistoric dragons, goodbye Planet, by now I feel as if I do the things I do sitting in a bunker of damp artificial light and conditioned air, sitting at this white laminate table, sitting in this silver plastic chair, captain of a spaceship traveling at thousands of miles an hour, squashed against this seat — immobile in the sky.

And how he wants to change them back…

I would like to break this strange mechanism I’ve been driven into. I would like to break it for myself and for others, for me and with others. I would like not to have to play the role of the artist only because this way I get paid, and I wish it wouldn’t even occur to others that there’s anyone who gets paid for being an artist. I would like all of us or none of us to be artists, as we were when we did drawings, boats, ships and windmills, cableways and telescopes. I would like to think that the old happy state that I once knew could somehow be brought back: that happy state in which “design” or art — so called art — was life, in which life was art, I mean creativity, I mean it was the awareness of belonging to the Planet and to the pulsing history of the people that are with us.

This feeling is the catalyst for so many people to change their trajectory in this short blink of time we exist in.  There is only one purpose for our being and most get lost in determining what that is.  It takes courage to stop and say “No more”.  Even if we don’t know what that purpose is, we definitely know what it is not.  Sometimes eliminating the “is not” is more beneficial than trying to determine the “is”. At the end of the day though, there is only one purpose for all of us.  Sometimes it seems that the main work of life is eliminating the distractions that prevent us from having this awareness.

via Design Observer

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