Design Worlds Part 3: The Implication of Design Worlds

A simplified version of real Design Worlds outline their vastly diverse characteristics – resulting in important but often unseen differences on the resulting (Design) products developed. One could even start to understand that perhaps – that final ‘judgement’ in form of those few (or many) digits stamped on a product’s price-tag is not quite the best basis of decision-making.

The endless numbers of products around us all come from their respective worlds, infused with the flavor of the culture and know-how of its origins – just as we all did from ours. In simplistic terms, it is why to some, staple means bread, to others it means rice, and to yet others, potatoes…

Goods, products, services, if their journey to being were visible and understood by the onlooker – they are literal outcomes of the conditions of their origins, of cultures, of hard-earned or stolen know-how, of how society functions and these are then condensed into what is simply shown as the ‘final price’ on their respective price tags.

Two objects can look the ‘same’ – take a chair, for example – though it has been actually been made with materials of differing qualities, and have gone through vastly different journeys and processes depending on its origin.

Due to sheer quantity, marketing gimicks, push-advertising, consumers have been led away from the ideally rational decision-making process of first understanding then weighing out pros-and-cons before deciding based on the best price:quality ratio. Instead they inadvertently indulge in impulse buying or making a simple visual and price comparison and then go for the most economical. Or some people like me end up not deciding due to the paralysing weight of choice or end up still unhappy after having made a long hard decision weighing the pros and cons of a long list of options, uncertain if I had actually made the best one!

Design Worlds are really like the Different Planets in our Solar System

Sometimes, people mix up these different ‘Design Worlds’ and proclaim that things do not make sense. Why does the same product cost so much more when purchased from one Design World compared to the other? They ‘look’ exactly the same!


Knowledge Enlightens

Now understanding a little of Design Worlds, you would understand if you are from World #3 (Pluto), you would likely never consider a purchase from World #1 (Venus) because it would not have matched your aesthetics and quality requirements. Vice versa, if you were from World #1 (Venus), products made in World #3 (Pluto) would be out of reach.


Design Worlds: Conclusion

Sentient beings today, from different epochs in time and cultural legacies now have at their fingertips access to huge amounts of information and choices – so much so it has become extremely time-consuming for the average consumer to make wise decisions on purchases, whether goods or services. Unfortunately hence, many have reduced the process to a simple price comparison exercise without due consideration of the product’s journey.

The next time you need to make a consumer decision, remember – before passing judgement, before trying to figure out a hundred different options of that one purchase and then make a price-decision – it may be more efficient to try first be clear on what you actually are looking for (your exact needs), where you are in life, then proceed to select the one that suits your world, or where you intend to be.

Which world are you from, and from which do you source?

If you missed it, click here to read about the different Design Worlds in existence today: Design Worlds Part 2: An Introduction to Design Worlds

The writer is an Interior Designer who has lived in multiple dimensions and now seeks to bridge the Design gap between Worlds.