S is for Synthesis

Design as a process is pure synthesis. Designers are constantly connecting the dots, and combining previously un-related ideas or materials into new forms, or new stories.

The synthesis of two people in a relationship is a process of combining two entire systems of pre-defined patterns (no wonder it’s difficult!). As we develop a new relationship, all kinds of delicate synthesis questions are bound to arise, from “Your place or mine?” to “Should I become a vegetarian so we can eat the same foods?” In fact, the synthesis between two people is a process that continues over time and requires continual effort.

In both dating and design, dialogue and visualization can simplify the task of synthesizing and make space for more functional and beautiful relationships, and designs.