Sunday, 4 September 2011

-| travels |- 

“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

Neanderthal man walked, someone designed the wheel, the wheels of time turned and the world became a smaller place.
Prehistoric man walked from Asia Minor to South East Asia (good thing he didn’t have a cell phone), thankfully, we have the wheel and horsepower does not depend on how much you feed the horse. Today’s world facilitates travel under all circumstances, schools go for picnics, colleges for study tours and excursions, others for pleasure trips and retiree vacations.
What is the need for travel?  Is it an exercise? Interlude? Or a design cue? It is a power lunch of all. It is your window to the world and the world’s window to you – it makes you wiser, it’s a source of inspiration. To begin with, Travel and understand your own country, its people and psyche. Realise its Colours, food, customs language, script, and art forms. Travel opens new horizons and creates new perspectives in design. Keeping an open mind helps, it allows you to see the “why?” and “how?” rather than the “what for?”
Recording what you see in the form of sketches, photographs, souvenirs, or brain bytes, will create a bank of ready-to -use visuals for the designer. Learning to observe in this way makes the brain more responsive and puts you in a unique place for perception, interpretation and Ideation.
Ah! well - the travel and travelogue continues ......  

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