This weather is a downer.
“Good design should be functional. It shouldn’t look good, it should work. Otherwise it’s art. You don’t want it to defeat its own purpose.
I like to keep things simple. I don’t have design rules. To me, gaffer tape is the best piece of design in the world. If you have anything to do with movies or film studios you realise that once you’ve got a good camera, the next thing you need to do is go out and buy gaffer tape; it does everything.
Over the years I’ve stuck million-dollar Panavision cameras together with it. I’ve used it in sculpture work. Only once did I use it in a photograph, when I worked with Terry Jones for i-D magazine; he always wants models to have one eye closed. So you just stick gaffer tape over their eye, don’t you? It’s the only time I’ve used it that way.
Some of the greatest designers happen to be Italian. When I think great design, I think Ferrari. I’m not going to wave a flag over a well-designed cup. British design is great design, but it’s just design. It’s like when people say “women’s photography” – you shouldn’t put labels on things. We should just design great things; don’t think about it.”
David Bailey on gaffer tape.