Designers want to be taken seriously. Here's how we do it.(

almost 4 years ago from Andy Davies, Designer at MojoTech

  • Mike Wilson, almost 4 years ago

    Ahhhhh yes. Another "designers don't just make things pretty" article. We already have like 3,000 of these on Medium, do we really need another?

    BTW, you have no idea what you are talking about. Dieter Rams was in fact highly concerned with the visual aesthetic (ie. prettiness) of his products.

    He obsessively used the principles of symmetry, balance, contrast, repetition and negative space to create objects that fit in within what the modernism movement considered to be beautiful. In no way were any of his product designs strictly functional or utilitarian endeavors. See his "10 principles for good design." Number 3: Good design is aesthetic.

    Humans are not efficiency-optimizing robots. We react emotionally to aesthetics. Therefore a designer who ignores aesthetic beauty is not taking a human-centric approach. Period.

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    • Shina Memud, almost 4 years ago

      No one is saying it shouldn't be pretty if there is a clear context and rational thinking behind the design solution which in most cases, there is non.

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      • Mike Wilson, almost 4 years ago

        I don't think I've ever read a single article about design that has argued for not putting rational thinking behind a design solution.

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