The 10 Principles of Good Design

Gone are the days of home cooking, timeliness fashion, and handcrafted tables. The modern world is instead saturated with fast food, trendy clothing, and build-it-yourself plywood furniture. People buy what's cheap and convenient, gradually filling their homes with poorly-built junk. Everywhere we look, there are too many unnecessary things. I'm currently taking a online course... Continue Reading →

Everyday Design

In his latest blog post, Seth Godin discusses the triumph of everyday design, arguing that simplicity is often superior to luxury when it comes to function and usability. That sink with an intricate, motion-sensing faucet is more difficult to turn on and more likely to make a mess than the standard model. Luxury goods used to... Continue Reading →

Disability-Minded Design

Before my cousin passed away, his arm was amputated and he was left to figure out creative ways to approach his old habits and hobbies. He quickly figured how to manipulate his video game controller with his toes, and soon thereafter discovered a one-handed game controller, which offered continuity--an opportunity to enjoy his favorite video games under... Continue Reading →

Built to Break

My parents still have the same kitchen appliances they received as wedding gifts 35 years ago. The toaster, waffle iron and popcorn popper are still perfectly functional despite faded logos. Contrast this to the toaster and clothes iron I bought when I moved into my first apartment, which each lasted approximately two years. Things are... Continue Reading →

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