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Wabi-Sabi

A Wabi-Sabi designed website does not seem to exist.

Although it is a perspective contrary to Western values it might attract that segment of the population interested in Oriental philosophies.

 

A website based on Wabi-Sabi principles?   

A challenge.

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Bio-Psycho-Social

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It is rather obvious that our mental, physical and social states are interrelated.

Although we separate the three when we seek a physician, psychologist or counselor.

When designing or purchasing a site we probably do not think in terms of bio/psycho/social, yet if we analyze a set of websites produced by the Top 10 Los Angeles Website Design Agencies, it becomes apparent that some emphasize bio, some psycho and some social:

BIO

Youth beverages.

Healthy eating.

Fitness.

Restaurants.

Sports nutrition.

Neonatal care.

Cancer treatment.

Dieting.

PSYCHO

Emotional health.

Social development.

Learning centers.

Good deeds.

Bankruptcy assistance.

Drug rehab.

Creative motivation.

Criminal defense.

SOCIAL

Fashion

Cosmetics

Travel

Guest ranch.

Assisted living,

Gardening.

Career college.

Charm center.

Recognizing this is relevant because we want a website to speak to the whole person. 

It takes some creativity to make sure that a website primarily focused on the social, psycho or biological also contains elements of the other two to give the client the feeling they are being addressed as a whole person.

 

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Thinking Inside the Box – Alice in Wonderland

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When Alice went down the rabbit hole she discovered an inside-out world where beliefs considered stable like space, place, time, past, present and memory became elastic.

The author, Lewis Carroll, was an accomplished mathematician and logician, so he structured the bizarre universe of Wonderland on two rational principles:

  1. There is an internal logic that is consistent.  Although absurd, once he established the mutability of time, place, past and present, the story develops within this paradigm.

    Although Alice says, these things are “curious and curiouser”, they reflect much of what we are learning today through the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and the recognition that Newton’s laws don’t always apply to particle physics and cosmology.  In these states, things turn “spooky”.

  2. Alice in Wonderland does not postulate impossibles, like a square circle, but speaks of improbables like cats growing on trees, highly improbable, but who knows?

Would we be more creative if we played with an idea outside the stable normal concepts of space, place, time, past, present and memory?

Considering the repetitive advice to “think outside the box” maybe we should rethink the box and how we fit into it.

Did Alice become larger or the room smaller?

 

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Take for example the Mad Hatter in the image above, who was trapped in a never-ending tea party where he was sentenced to death for singing to the Queen of Hearts but he escaped because Time froze him at 6:00 PM forever.  

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In another incident the Mad Hatter is in trouble with the law and probably not guilty but the White Queen explains that sometimes subjects are punished before they commit a crime, not after, and sometimes they are sentenced for crimes they never committed.

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Then there is the incident of the jam.  As a benefit for working for the Queen, Alice gets, “. . . jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today.”  

In a just published book by two Stanford Professors, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, they use design techniques, described as constantly reframing the problems encountered to arrive at a destination not initially clear.  They avoid the impossibles and consider the improbables.  Just like Alice.

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