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I’m suspicious of things that look undesigned
We tend to have complete faith in products that look neutral and simple. Yet modernist design can be misleading since functional appearance is a designed aesthetic too. Can we still have confidence in designed objects, Gijs de Boer asks when we can detect that their neutrality is a mask?
Gijs De Boer searches for a more honest aesthetic for technological devices we commonly trust blindly, such as an ATM. Inspired by sampling and citing methods from pop culture, he copies a seemingly neutral ATM incompletely, leaving clues to reveal its modernist mask. ‘Always trust me’ tests if you can trust an honest façade.
Gijs de Boer is a self-centered and materialistic design researcher. He explores topics like money and the design of trust, by stealing methods from trend forecasters, pop artists, designers and philosophers. He likes words and images and objects, to think about the self.