Can mindfulness positively condition the design process?
What does it mean to practice mindfulness, clear up your mind and then, right after, start imagining new objects?
The goal of the “Mindfully Designing a…” workshops is to make participants, usually young designers or design students, understand the importance of being aware of what they are doing when they are designing a new project.
Throughout a few practical mindfulness exercises participants have the chance to compare how differently things can be seen when the mind is fully aware. And then use the same “eyes” to look at what to design.
The workshops start with a mindfulness common exercise in which participants have to eat a few pieces of raisin. This exercise aims to prepare the students before the research phase of the workshop, making them more aware and helping them self-asking the right questions.
“Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” Jon Kabat-Zinn