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Daily Inspiration: Paola Antonelli on the Definition of Design

Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, Paola Antonelli has some incredible ideas on design. She’s championed MoMA to purchase a Boeing 747 airplane to keep in the collection as a signal of very good and very progressive design. She’s well known for bringing design to MoMA in the 1990s with her seminal exhibition on design “Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design” from 1995. Since then she’s put together large exhibitions of design work and buzzed around the world pushing our ideas of how design should function. In the quote below she suggests that we should look at design not as a pursuit in style, rather an unearthing of an attribute we didn’t know we needed in our lives. Watch the rest of her TED talk above to hear her thoughts about design, MoMA, and Pac Man.

"People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It's not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn't know it was missing."

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