I came across this very funny TED talk about a woman who used analytics to find her ideal partner. As I watched, I realized she was basically using the Decoded Model to find a man- which is awesome. The personal application of the Decoded model was an ongoing discussion between the authors as we wrote the book. I kept joking that I wanted to write a follow up applying the same model to our personal lives, and now, watching Amy’s story I think the idea has some real merit!
One of my favorite moments in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is the final scene where Lt. James Gordon tries to explain to his son why the police must hunt down Batman. “Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now,” Gordon says, looking saddened but resigned.
I sat down with an anthropologist who led me through questions and cues related to intimacy and afterwards, I was asked to design a product, that may be interpreted by a product designer and 3D printed. Though the model for this isn’t concrete yet, it’s a really interesting idea in that they want to create a space to articulate intimacy needs and facilitate bespoke manufacturing so that people can design the objects that will help them fulfill their desires.
As self-proclaimed autonomous humans with free-will, we take an incredible amount of direction on how to feel, behave and interact from the spaces around us. Regardless if this is the design intention from the outset (architectural determinism) or a social science employed afterwards to understand the way we make sense of spaces, we are deeply influenced by the design of our environments.