Making things more interesting seems to be an often-abused phrase, especially in design school. In our bid to try to better each other, to try to come out ahead in the ruthless competition, we often fall back onto “trying to make it more interesting”.

But somehow, it seems as if that making things interesting started to mean screaming for attention – to create something that is so in your face that it’s disappointing, if not downright irritating.

Interesting doesn’t mean that it’s big. Or having lots of colours and patterns. Or having a complicated form. Or using up a lot of materials.

Interesting merely means that you have created something worth being the topic of a dinner conversation, that your work is worth flying halfway round the world to see or listen to in person.

It’s a pity though, that few people seems to be interested in being interesting. They would rather scream out loud for attention, annoy audiences who are merely just passing by, and try to attract those who are not even interested.

I’d much rather keep it understated though. Much like the work of the humble craftsman worth paying thousands of dollars for, you don’t have to scream for attention if you could just let your work speak for itself, subtly and gently, but none less powerful in any way.