Recognizing design everywhere in our lives

MakeShapeChange is a project to get young people thinking about how the world is made around them and where design fits in. At its heart is a short film that shows changes happening before our eyes that we might not normally notice, and how these affect us.

The MakeShapeChange film cleverly demonstrates the effects of design on our lives, and it made me think of all the little ways I interact with and can shape the designs around me. I work every day at Automattic with amazing designers — it’s easy to see the designs they create and dismiss my own ideas as second rate. But MakeShapeChange points out that design is all around us: in our homes, communications, objects, communities … it’s something we can learn to recognize, pay attention to, and change. Even if I don’t become a designer, I can appreciate the designs around me and identify ways a design can be improved.

Inspired? Check out MakeShapeChange for more.