Are Scientists really Designers? If design is everywhere, let’s test this premise.

At the start for Scientists: According to my brilliant PhD Biochemist husband, scientists start with an idea, a premise of some sort, then plan an experiment that will help discover what really happens, (OK, these are my layman’s words, so apologies to scientists everywhere). There is trial and error to develop an efficient, replicable process that leads towards a solution. The more experience a scientist has in the specialty, the more streamlined this process can be. The design of an experiment is critical to its success.

At the start for Architecture and Interior Designers: The first step is to listen to our clients about their needs, hopes and dreams, and to help them visualize “the island of what can be”. Once we can “see” the project completed in our heads, we can begin to plan the space, select the materials, products, colors, lighting, architectural details that will make the “dream” real. There is trial and error, although experience working together can streamline the process.

The next step for Scientists: Once the experiment is successful, and its methods documented, the product development can begin. After the science is working, the output can contribute to a scientific paper, patent or facilitate the improvement or development of a product.

The next step for Architects and Interior Designers: Once the dream design is agreed upon, the detailed documentation of the design can be developed. These documents and schedules go to the builders and vendors who will implement our design ideas.

The last step for Scientists: See your product out in the world protecting the health of people. Priceless. Now it’s time to think about your next product…

The last step for Architects and Interior Designers: Turn the completed project/building space over to the client to enjoy/use. Priceless. Time to think of solutions for your next client.

What do you think: Are Scientists Designers?

If you’re interested in defending the importance of science to contemporary society, don’t forget to checkout the Boston March for Science next Saturday afternoon (April 22).

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