Pavers form a herringbone boardwalk beside the Willamette River. I sit on a park bench. Behind me are four glass high-rise apartments. The places' style is contemporary, instantly out of fashion. But everything here was designed with one vision, and it fits together.
I wonder why someone chose the herringbone layout for the pavers - what other possibilities were there?
A friend of mine is a data engineer and textile designer; she shared there are only 17 reoccurring patterns possible in mathematics.
I wonder about how many non-reoccurring patterns there are - infinite?
There is something mysterious in what we see around us, behind everything is an endless set of unused possibilities.
Designing requires oscillating between endless exploration with no perfect answer and picking a path forward.
Choosing in the face of infinite possibilities is the work of designing.