During the OFFSET2012 conference, there were a lot of side event near the venue. After discussing about happiness that relate to his ‘The Happy Film‘, Stefan Sagmeister talked about the notion of ‘function’ with Ciaran O’Gaora and mentioned about the difference between art and design. This transcript is a part of the conversation.
What is the function of your work? What is feature work is doing?
C: How you approach them. Happiness you said was more like a life style guru. What do you usual work individually communicate that. So, What function you see that be involved in.
S: That is super interesting question and I’m very involved in it. Maybe just in the middle of changing my mind of it. I do believe that there is difference between art and design. Mostly I believe that from a doer’s perspective from a viewer’s perspective I really care about much less. I just look at piece ‘it is good or not good’, which means I don’t really come out of role of the design or come out of role of the fine art.
Obviously, in studio, which is bigger with three designers, myself and two interns, we do all sort of work and whole range from extreme functionality something like, printing an invitation for 60th birthday of my sister in law. […]
C: Very functional. (haha..)
S: This thing has, whatever it is, that all the things out of scale. It is probably, 70% function, then 30% function which is also function but it is a secondary function or tertiary function. […] There was strangely for that in the mean time quite good at there is clients for this, I talked museum into sponsoring the things. So this little section that I showed actually at least material for it was surprisingly expensive, in manage to blow 14,000 dollars over that weekends even though nobody got paid them all did it lent a camera […] and build things make this possible and buy all the that crap. […]
In that sense, there is clients with it. But the function itself, would literally just be a somebody(viewer) getting something out of it […] because I really mean that basically it is meaningless but little inspirational function.
C: I see that it is a mental health ad.
S: There is a functionality and I have to say I think I get over. The function less role for me and I see the beauty of uselessness. I truly see it. In the talk yesterday, I little bit about that manufacturing beauty of a happy moment by driving the scooter around. I so noticed the difference between driving that scooter but I need to visit somewhere that need to have many utility and I drove just a scooter but there is no reason so ever. Definitely, that occurred afterward, a similar process might be happening difference between art and design. That this utility that has a chair that inside this chair actually it’s also hindering the gorgeousness that form or the other aspects of the chair might have, because I considered that it ruins everything out as the utility is be going to A to B, ruins my experience of being in the just moment on the bike or on the scooter. These are for me strangely and surprisingly, new thoughts. I am so much a designer. […]