Paola’s incredibly sharp. Don’t turn it off in the first few minutes, however; I found that it wasn’t until about five or even ten minutes into the show that she began to sound like herself. I guess it takes a while to get past the requisite television pleasantries and the basic design-isms.
The full transcript doesn’t seem to be available freely, however some excerpts:
And I believe that design is one of the highest forms of human creative expression.
I would never dare say that! But I’ll secretly root for her making her case.
And also, I believe that designers, when they’re good, take revolutions in science and in technology, and they transform them into objects that people like us can use.
Doesn’t that make you want to be a designer when you grow up?
Regarding the name of the show, and the notion of elasticity:
…it was about showing how we need to adapt to different conditions every single day. Just work across different time zones, go fast and slow, use different means of communication, look at things at different scales. You know, some of us are perfectly elastic. And instead, some others get a little bit of stretch marks. And some others just cannot deal with it.
And designers help us cope with all these changes.
Her ability to speak plainly and clearly reinforces her point about designers and their role in society. (And if you don’t agree, consider what sort of garbage she could have said, or rather that most would have said, speaking about such a trendy oh-so-futuristic show.)
In the interest of full disclosure, she does mention my work (very briefly), but that’s not until about halfway through, so it shouldn’t interfere with your enjoyment of the rest of the interview.