Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What is good design now?



Came back to an interesting issue of Metropolis magazine, which I always enjoy.

"What is good design?" Peter Hall asks in his introduction. "The 20th-century definition of 'good design' was driven primarily by form. Today the stakes are too high, and the world too complex, for a superficial response."

The magazine breaks down good to 10 components, and each topic is explored by a different author.

GOOD IS SUSTAINABLE

GOOD IS ACCESSIBLE
GOOD IS FUNCTIONAL

GOOD IS WELL MADE

GOOD IS EMOTIONALLY RESONANT

GOOD IS ENDURING

GOOD IS SOCIALLY BENEFICIAL

GOOD IS BEAUTIFUL

GOOD IS ERGONOMIC

GOOD IS AFFORDABLE



Thoughtful issue. I think the dialogue about what is good advertising/communication design could be this rich. It's going that direction.

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