Bruce Mau on Charlie Rose


Bruce Mau on Charlie Rose, August 24. 2004 (00:00-31:30)


Bruce Mau on Charlie Rose, August 27. 2007 (18:00-33:30)

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5 thoughts on “Bruce Mau on Charlie Rose

  1. After watching both Bruce Mau interviews I’m still not sure how I should respond. In the first interview I was intrigued by his thoughts on design. He said that our capability to produce is starting to exceed what we are producing, and partially from technology making it easier to produce, but our knowledge of how things work is getting greater. He also talked about how he is designing outcomes to questions. I think it’s the second interview where he talks about the outcome of one process becomes the input for the next. I just really enjoyed the way he views product design.

  2. I felt that both videos were very informative. He completely backed up the concept that design is the ability to solve problems and also happens to be the place where science and art infuses itself. I never really thought about it before til Bruce brought it to my attention but, in almost any scene that I could place myself in…there will be something in my field of view that has been produced by design. That how important and powerful design is to our society.

    He also makes mention that it is no longer about the individual anymore. And how now a days the concentration is more about getting everyone involved, like scientist, artist, designers, politicians, etc. to put all of our minds together to see, how in what way can we make life better as a people. That is the general idea I got from his book Massive Change. I also agree with Bruce Mau in the sense that if all you do is focus your energy on the typical problems, and only concern yourself with the form of design, you limit yourself to the possibilities to the solution of more concerning and challenging questions.

    All that I could think when he introduced the studio that he opened up in Toronto, is “why the hell can’t we have something like that here in Florida?” That would be a great opportunity for experience working in the same environment as the professionals, while working on your own projects. What better way to learn.

    Great Video!

  3. Bruce Mau caught my attention when he said that creativity resides in the tension between two positions. That’s very true, just as it’s the tension in a joke between the punch line and what you expected the hear that makes for humor.
    Later in that first interview, Charlie Rose asks him to talk about his direction, saying: “… what you’re doing is asking people to experiment … think outside the box …”. Bruce Mau’s response sounds amazingly like the response of a fine artist: “My job, I think, is to produce in the most complex way a body of work, and it’s for other people to figure out exactly what happened. So, my work is to produce, and to explore, research, make things in the world as best I can according to my inner intent. I’ll figure it out later, I think … The meaning of things is becoming more and more central to the work.” I think Bruce Mau is as much a design critic, and as much a fine artist whose subject is design, as he is a designer.
    In the later interview, he repeated a lot of the same observations, emphasizing both his optimism about the future and the collaborative nature of the work to be done in design.

  4. When I first watched the videos I wrote down some notes on a few specific things I found interesting. Since then I have lost the notes, but will do my best to remember. As much as I like Bruce Mau, the interview is a bit boring so I’d rather not watch it again.

    Bruce Mau said something concerning his collaborations that I found helpful. He said that the differences are what make collaborations interesting and not the similarities. The space in between is what can lead to new and exciting ideas. I feel people typically tend to collaborate based on some sort of shared aesthetic of mutual way of thinking, but I like the idea of embracing something completely new with the excitement of its outcome.

    He also discusses how relevant design is in our society and how we are a culture that thrives on producing. Design will be our saving grace, and he puts forward a good point concerning designs role as an international front towards progress. (as illustrated in Massive Change)

    I appreciate the way Bruce Mau considers himself a “designer”, but reads far past any single skill, project, or aspect of design. Another interesting point was made when he said that in the future there will be no waste, and that every output would merely be an input for another system. I feel that this is definitely the future for design, concerning sustainability and way to reuse, and redesign in the most effective way. Our need to produce is quickly catching up with us and it is important that this be taken into serious consideration.

  5. “I’ve always been fascinated by problems, by questions.” That was the first thing Mau said that I felt I could relate to. An unassuming type of guy, I could appreciate almost all of what he said, but didn’t agree with him completely.

    I think that, as a “designer,” my work is not just graphic design. I notice that it leaks into my home, in decorating and “designing” my surroundings; my wall colors, furniture arrangement, flower arrangements, even my trash.

    Of course, everything around us has been designed by someone. For some reason, I’ve always been aware of that. But I don’t think that design is the omnipotent force that decides the future of anything but an object. One singular object at a time. Mau and Rose talk about design like it’s a god, or a giant force. Although design impacts everything and everyone, its noticeable effect is so minimal outside of the world of design.

    I think Mau needs to focus on re-designing is hair-do, and chill on the collaborations for a bit.

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