Looking for an older quote from Gillian Crampton-Smith

15 Sep 2012 - 5:20pm
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Steve Portigal

I came across this quote in 1998 or so, from Gillian Crampton-Smith, then of RCA. I used it in a magazine, Turn Signals, that I was working on at the time, but don't have that particular issue any longer, and I can't remember the quote.

It had something to do with creativity in design (I think) and being prompted by "sand in the emollient flow" - I most definitely remember the use of "emollient."

My Google-fu has totally failed me; I've scanned my hard drive, etc. I'm going to reach out to IUAV but my hopes are low.

Does this spark anything for anyone?



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17 Sep 2012 - 6:08pm
Steve Portigal

So nice to get a response from Gillian herself, so quickly: Here's part of what she had written (on an email list) -

Design is the resolution of all these often self-contradictory elements for the particular group of consumers the manufacturer has identified. Good design in my view has something more than this: an element of surprise or provocation, of grit in the emollient flow of appropriate aesthetics. Good design is difficult! 

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