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Generous Design is unknown.

It does not need authority, No need climb to the top of a tower. There are too many towers to climb, and by the time you got to the top of one there is a taller one built right next to it.
Generous design understands that in a world of AI cause and effect thinking is not enough.

Fully wrapping our arms around a system is a luxury we no longer have.

The interconnectedness of our lives makes order impossible. So rather than writing up maps, we should carry a compass.

So much of our lives is about navigating the unknown, unknowing is a human state.

Generous design accepts the liminal,
Open ended universe. It is strength through vulnerability. It is strength through its adaptability. All Rigidness crushes under the weight of change.

Generous design is not a beautifully designed object put on a pedestal, It is the shining of different lights on that object.
Generous design is not the war of words, but the dance of opinions.

Being territorial about knowledge is as futile as trying to catch air.

Generous is design for the unknown. It is about walking in the dark instead of waiting for someone to turn on the light.

It is about moving from the meta meaning to the lived experience and back.

It is about being able to self reflect and practice intentional thinking.

It is experiential thinking. 

Manifesto for Aesthetics

Aesthetics is what does not fit in your job description.

Aesthetics is what falls outside your ‘cutout’ in the world; job description, roles, the professional archetypes we occupy. Periodically we peek out behind them. Aesthetic is the pun a barista makes, a neighbor’s quirky fedora, or the apples a professor brings on the first day of fall.

Mono-aesthetic is no aesthetic.

Because aesthetic is where the world meets you, and both you and the world changes, aesthetic always changes. Having the same aesthetic is production, and production has no aesthetics.

Rejecting aesthetics is the worst aesthetic.

The creative must intrinsically exercise aesthetic. Rejecting aesthetic–by articulation–is a collective action. By rejecting aesthetic, one forgoes personal and all aesthetic. Normcore is a group activity.

Always look to be sufficiently misunderstood; constructive miscommunications ask you to understand your values.

When we confuse people, we ask them to restate their values and ways of being in the world. It is a prompt for creativity. The more we can place ourselves in a safe and generous space of misunderstandings, the more we will integrate our creative surplus into our ‘elbows’.

Ambiguity as an aesthetic

When we look at things anew, hold them to the light, we can’t know what we would see. Having trust in exploration can become a habit, a cycle of exploration, articulation, and integration. The act of writing and rewriting is creativity. Total clarity is production, and production is never creative.

Relational creativity is the only type of creativity.

Creativity is language. Aesthetic is meaning embedded in context. A homogenous world has no aesthetics; creativity exists in communication.

Creativity is decisions, and decisions are design.

Creativity is bringing language to unknowingness through a series of decisions that work in harmony with nature, culture, and business laws. The designer might author their meta-engine or use other people’s. The non-designer might do the same. Hence both can be creative or not.

Hence machines can design but can never be creative.

Machines lack the faculty of meta-flexibility. All models, or machine learning and other bayesian means, ask for a definition of correlation and, therefore, meta-fixed.

In abundance, all is philosophy.

When all matter is available, our innate tendency for interestingness and fun will find meaning through new ways of thinking and being. An abundance of utility asks for introspection. An abundance of technology asks for navigation.

Adaptations welcomed

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