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Perception of perfection

Lindgren, Ebba (2015) In Diploma work IDEL01 20152
Industrial Design
Abstract
In this project I discuss perfection and perfectionism.
The ideals in our society are challenging and
sometimes impossible to live by. This goes for
everything from social life, to looks and career.

I based the research both on readings, talks,
experiments and a own observations. In a survey I
found that most of the participants that was in design
school felt a lot of performance anxiety, and that
80% called themselves perfectionists. A small dose of
perfectionism is probably good in design work, but too
much focus on perfection will make you stressed and
anxious, and this will adversely affect the imagination.

The task that I set to myself in this project was
to make an object that would remind people that
imperfections... (More)
In this project I discuss perfection and perfectionism.
The ideals in our society are challenging and
sometimes impossible to live by. This goes for
everything from social life, to looks and career.

I based the research both on readings, talks,
experiments and a own observations. In a survey I
found that most of the participants that was in design
school felt a lot of performance anxiety, and that
80% called themselves perfectionists. A small dose of
perfectionism is probably good in design work, but too
much focus on perfection will make you stressed and
anxious, and this will adversely affect the imagination.

The task that I set to myself in this project was
to make an object that would remind people that
imperfections are natural and could actually be
very interesting. I wanted to play down the concept
of perfection a bit. I chose to tackle this through
thought-provoking furniture design. I think that the
things that surround us in everyday life and in our
homes have the most impact on us. After rigorous
explorations and tests, I ended up making a bench
with a half backrest and a cushion with messy details.

This has been a personal project where the main goal
for myself was to not be so afraid to make mistakes,
to take more risks and to learn “everything” I haven’t
learned in the education yet. In the end the personal
goals are the ones I am most happy that I reached. (Less)
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author
Lindgren, Ebba
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IDEL01 20152
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Diploma work
report number
ISRN: LUT-DVIDE/ EX--15/50271—SE
language
English
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8046185
date added to LUP
2015-10-13 11:19:00
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  abstract     = {In this project I discuss perfection and perfectionism.
The ideals in our society are challenging and
sometimes impossible to live by. This goes for
everything from social life, to looks and career.

I based the research both on readings, talks,
experiments and a own observations. In a survey I
found that most of the participants that was in design
school felt a lot of performance anxiety, and that
80% called themselves perfectionists. A small dose of
perfectionism is probably good in design work, but too
much focus on perfection will make you stressed and
anxious, and this will adversely affect the imagination.

The task that I set to myself in this project was
to make an object that would remind people that
imperfections are natural and could actually be
very interesting. I wanted to play down the concept
of perfection a bit. I chose to tackle this through
thought-provoking furniture design. I think that the
things that surround us in everyday life and in our
homes have the most impact on us. After rigorous
explorations and tests, I ended up making a bench
with a half backrest and a cushion with messy details.

This has been a personal project where the main goal
for myself was to not be so afraid to make mistakes,
to take more risks and to learn “everything” I haven’t
learned in the education yet. In the end the personal
goals are the ones I am most happy that I reached.},
  author       = {Lindgren, Ebba},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Diploma work},
  title        = {Perception of perfection},
  year         = {2015},
}