Mammies of Designist - Barbara

Hi, I'm Barbara and I am the exhausted, but grateful, and often shouting mother of Bill and Alex.

Our little family returned to Dublin from London just before the pandemic took hold. We 'pit-stopped' at my old family home to stay with my mother Kay while we looked for our own place. Still here over a year on, we've grown used to the madness that is two working adults, one incredibly patient octogenarian, two energetic toddlers, an overworked washing machine and a kitchen that is literally never clean or not being used as a recording studio/messy play area/chess tournament zone/wine bar or spaghetti hoop dispensary. 

Three generations in one space is Tough (with a capital T), but not uncommon these days. Mothering, grandmothering, parenting, being parented, working, playing, and dealing with it all with patience and love - we just cope however we can.

We turn into our mothers - if you're  tempted so say, no we don't - go live with her. 

“It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.”

Don Norman