I remember the day several years ago when my oldest son shared with me that he felt like at times, I was always on to the next “thing”. I was curious and so I asked more questions to uncover all he wanted to share.
Transcendence: elevation and lightness
How do we bring a sense of lightness into the dense and solid structure of our world?
Surprise: contrast and whimsy
“One of the great joys of the surprise aesthetic comes when we surprise others, and hide-and-reveal is a fun way to do this.” (page 176)
The Design aesthetic of play produces JOY. Plain and Simple.
Yet, as we reach adulthood, we tend to use any margin of time to run errands, sleep, catch up on emails, etc. instead of holding a space for play.
Harmony: balance, symmetry, and flow
The design aesthetic of harmony isn’t something we can always see, often times it is something we feel.
What does harmony feel like?
Freedom: nature, wildness, and open spaces
“In a moment of joy, we say we are carefree, freewheeling, foot-loose, and fancy-free. Some of the most JOYful moments in life are the ones in which we gain a kind of freedom.” (page 74)