February 21, 2013 at 1:24am
Good design is innovative.
Good design makes a product useful.
Good design is aesthetic.
Good design makes a product understandable.
Good design is unobtrusive.
Good design is honest.
Good design is long-lasting.
Good design is thorough down to the last detail.
Good design is environmentally friendly.
Good design is as little design as possible.
February 13, 2013 at 1:11am
To make things better
Call for all designers, read this please. utility vs. beauty. Concise and smart, and just what I’ve been thinking lately. A couple of quotes:
1. A designer should understand that even the most utilitarian product can benefit from subtle, refined aesthetic treatments and turn what is a dull and boring, yet necessary, task into something enjoyable and engaging.
2.It is too easy to get caught in the trap of focusing on “making it pretty” without giving consideration to the actual purpose of the design.
This album, well, makes people sad, happy, ecstatic.
"Look at the dead fish"
I don’t know if you guys see this before, but I find out this awesome tap app recently, called "Fish, a tap essay" written by Robin Sloan, a writer/media inventor in California.
The essay talks about how does it mean to LOVE SOMETHING on the Internet nowadays. He told the story of the legendary natural historian Louis Agassiz taught this class at Harvard in the 1800s. Every time before his class starts, he would sit them down in the empty room with a dead fish in a metal tray. He would then ask his students to “Look” the fish and write down what they’ve seen. Every time, the same routine— “Look” - “Look” - “Look”. Agassiz would leave, then he would return after an hour, and asked “What did you see?” And he left again, and then returned and asked his students the same question.
One of his students recall the experience as:
"I was piqued, mortified. Still more of that wretched fish! But now I set myself my to task with a will, and discovered one new thing after another…I see how little I saw before."
Today on the Internet we get a flood of information. We literally “catch and release” fishes instead of even “look” at them. Reading something once is decent enough, twice is like a radical act. But aren’t we still read/watch the things we like over and over again? Think about the movies you watch every X’mas, the songs you listen to again and again, the same food you order at the your favorite restaurant every Friday night. I think we should keep doing that.
People, go read Sloan’s “Tag Essay” and “Look at the dead fish.”
Minimalist landscapes by polish photographer Lukasz Jaskowiak.