Design research isn’t limited to white lab coats. Sometimes it involves tasting fresh seal, as in the Luxury of the North project, or it requires walking 500 miles by foot as three brothers did for the project: We Make The Road by Walking. Both research projects use tools of observation within place to inform design.
Droog Lab’s Agata Jaworska describes the thinking behind Here, There, Everywhere…a series of projects observing the everyday in specific local cultures with the aim of defining the next generation of global design. Luxury of the North is one of the projects. Tim Antoniuk from the University of Alberta, also behind the ‘Luxury’ excursion, adds a Canadian perspective on the visit to Pond Inlet on Baffin Island.
In September, brothers Travis Sousa, Adam Sousa and Everett Nate Yockey walked the proposed high speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Identifying their research as qualitative and entitling it We Make the Road by Walking, they captured a multiplicity of views both for and against the line. Travis and Everett share details of the 30-day journey. Images courtesy of Droog Lab for Luxury of the North and We Make the Road by Walking