Artists created the beautiful fabrics and patterns that were stock in trade for this 19th century Swiss textile producer, but none of it would have happened without the diligent, I daresay loving, work of the bookkeeper - an elegant portrait of the organized mind.
Design thinking brings together the artist and the bookkeeper. It combines the creative and the analytical, and so it sits at the intersection of organization and chaos. It often feels messy, because it is. And that’s exactly why it leads to meaningful innovation.
Chaos is a fundamental property of nature. The Second Law of Thermodynamics agrees with the Shakti Principle: change is a constant. Complexity and interdependence push and pull to create a sensuous irregularity in all things.
In the body, regularity often correlates to pathology. We begin life wild; as we age, grow more and more patterned. Perfect predictability is unsustainable, and so we die. Chaos is health, stasis is death.
And yet, humans thrive on order. In a precarious world that is ever devolving into entropy, we strive for stability, safety, and boundaries. When chaos gives birth to invention, the organized mind makes sense of it all and turns it into something useful. This is the alchemy of progress.