At the Lathe: Solid Roots for Good Design

The first step to a pleasing form is knowing your possibilities and limitations.
By Judy Ditmer
Pages: 90-93

From the August 2005 issue #149
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Whether or not you know it, every time you make something you are designing. What does that mean, exactly? This definition (from “The Random House Dictionary of the English Language”) sums it up well: “… to plan and fashion the form and structure of an object.” You may do this as you go without consciously thinking, using your experience (or possibly lack thereof) to determine the structure, procedure and form of your work. In other words, you do a certain step a certain way because that is the one way you know best or you don’t know any other way to do it. Or you may carefully plan out every step in advance, specifying materials, drawing the finished object before you even begin, etc. Either way, you are a designer.

From the August 2005 issue #149
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