In the last week we have all found ourselves living in a time of extraordinary change, challenges and constraints.
There are many ways to respond and I am sure many of you have already gone through the stages of grief – from denial and anger, through bargaining and depression to grudging acceptance.
Constraints are normally talked about in negative terms – people normally complain about a lack of time, money and other resources. But it is also true that, for those who embrace constraints and indeed seek them out, they act as a focus for clear strategic thinking.
In the world of design, constraints have always been a stimulus for finding a better way to do something. Constraints allow you to show what you’re made of.
As Ingvar Kamprad famously said, "To design a desk which may cost $1,000 is easy for a furniture designer, but to design a functional and good desk which shall cost $50 can only be done by the very best."