Darryl Lim is a Partner and Creative Director at Terrain – Office for Research and Design.
Currently an Adjunct Lecturer in:
Diploma Programme, Design Communication, LASALLE College of the Arts
Bachelors Programme, Communication Design, Singapore Institute of Technology-Glasgow School of Art
You have some material to investigate. Find a system with which to configure this material: do not impose a system, but try out different ways of ordering it. For example, put the material in date order, or in geographical order, or array it by date and by location. What does this configuration then tell us? Be honest in this: if there is a gap, let there be a gap — it may tell us something. So the work is one of finding a system that reveals meaning.
Since being invited into schools in 1967, I have become more and more aware that the real job of the designer, rather than any technique, is to cultivate: the designer’s real objective is not to build the city but to show how a city may be built, with the city as a tangible form of civilisation.