We’ve been talking about why case studies matter, the different challenges we face as busy practitioners and how to support the Ecostage community in sharing their work, experience and ideas.
A lot of sustainability reporting focuses on robust statistics (which is important), but can feel quite dry, with a focus on the end product. Sometimes, there’s no space for the story of why a particular route was taken in creating the piece.
Ruth states that so much of design work is about seeing the end visual product. On a recent project, she wanted to connect community wellbeing with the way she went about her research into different fabrics to reflect the heritage of a specific neighbourhood. This approach acknowledged the diverse strands of that community, which went beyond face value; you wouldn’t get these details when reporting whether the fabric itself was new/used or how many miles it came from – case studies give us the space for this storytelling, which is often lost.
But the challenge is putting words to paper – carving out the time to do that and not getting distracted by other tasks. Paul reflected that some things are important but get neglected because they don’t have a deadline; reflection is one of those things; even though it’s an important part of our creative lives, it can easily be pushed aside.