Eames diagram

Found this while surfing around this morning, the classic Eames venn diagram illustrating the areas of intersecting concerns when solving a design problem: the client, the design office, and society as a whole. Of course this can be broken down even further into sub-compartments or nested “venns”. But at even this high level it’s quite compelling.

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Of particular note are the two “notes” saying “these areas are not static–they grow and develop as each one influences the others”, and that “adding more clients add to the relationship in a positive and constructive way”. A very hopeful statement of the ecological nature of design situations and the elements therein, not as distracting adversaries but as cooperative engagements.

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