Ways of Seeing

February 8th, 2019 is a rainy day. I am in Chicago O’Hare airport waiting for a flight. A man about sixty years old gets my attention. He wears a pair of glasses. He looks very energetic and he has well developed upper limbs. Also, he is absorbed in his work on the computer. It’s hard to notice his legs with his energy. His legs are noticeably thinner than a normal person, it made his trousers flabby. There has a piece of metal protruded between his ankle and calf. I just realized it was his prosthetic leg, he is a disabled man without legs.


Although he is disabled, he still waits on line orderly and patient. When people let him go first, he expressed his thanks but he still refused. The camouflage pants he wears and his action make me think he is a veteran. I think only a person who is professionally trained by the military and has experienced war can be strong and independent to face life. He may lose his legs during the war, he must by pain and suffer. But it also brings his honor, his artificial limbs are the representation of a hero.


As a designer in the future, the most important thing we should have is an idea. And where are those ideas come from? We should have observant eyes to see every detail in our life. Those detail may be the aspiration in our design just like the quote in Question Everything “Look closer, though, and you’ll discover a fascinating collection of snapshots that speaks volumes about the ways we accidentally and intuitively design solutions to problems we encounter daily”.  Also, our mind and our eye combine together, we can describe the beauty of the world. That is how to define the beauty “The eye of the other combines with our own eye to make it fully credible that we are part of the visible world” from Ways of Seeing.

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