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Is this the definitive description of good design?
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Posted by: lauren | Nov 05, 2007 at 12:51
I wonder if "respects IT'S materials" is quite the right sentiment when we're thinking on a more global and green scale? I like to also think about environment around a design too.
I always like to think design can effect other peoples as well
Posted by: Nick | Nov 05, 2007 at 14:13
anything that tries to summarise design simultaneously limits design... and is by definition BOLLOCKS (in the true sense of the word)
Now, that's pretentious.
Posted by: gareth | Nov 05, 2007 at 15:40
we have "respects its materials" but no "respects its users". that alone is the crux of bad design.
Posted by: mave | Nov 05, 2007 at 16:09
"we have "respects its materials" but no "respects its users". that alone is the crux of bad design."
I would think that "fulfills its function" would include respecting users. To disrespect the user is a failure of function, in my opinion.
Posted by: Samuel | Nov 07, 2007 at 15:16
I think it is!
Posted by: Willie Baronet | Nov 07, 2007 at 17:19
I wonder if it isn't belied by the sign itself. If this sign were intended to serve the purpose of informing the reader how much it costs to check the list with the prices available from the guard, you'd find that it seems to fulfill the four tenets listed. But it would be a terrible sign for that purpose.
Posted by: Martin | Nov 08, 2007 at 04:52
Good Design visually aligns its type and doesn't use a ruler to do it, it also kerns, rather than using equal measures between character, and chooses a word space that suits that kerning. Above all it wouldn't mix typefaces in a simple message without a damned good reason, running out of Es is not a good reason.
Posted by: Tim | Nov 08, 2007 at 14:55
barring the excessive knitpicking, I think YES, this covers it for me.
Posted by: staceyjoy elkin | Nov 08, 2007 at 22:13