Photo: Lm Sorenson
Joe Rogan has a great stand-up bit on technology about how none of us truly knows what goes into the functionality of the things we use. He paints a beautiful picture of a time when all engineers suddenly vanish and a bunch of schmucks are left standing around trying to figure out how to keep things like the Internet or electricity working, with little technological savvy beyond hitting the power buttons on their remotes. I think you could easily see a similar situation unfolding in the event of the designers of the world suddenly disappearing. What would things look like? How would they work? Everyday items, like phones, toasters and bathmats, which we all unassumingly use daily, would cease to exist in the user-friendly and attractive nature that we currently enjoy them. This is where Salt Lake Design Week comes in: to show us what it actually takes to design a building, snowboard or bathmat.