So, our first web blog assignment is to write about how we define good design. It’s odd to try to put this into words as I’ve never thought about verbally defining what I perceive good design to be. Good design to me has always been just that – a perception. That’s to say it hasn’t ever been anything I’ve objectively defined to myself, but rather a feeling I’ve experienced whenever I’ve encountered it.
So what is that feeling? It’s a sense of ease. Of flow and symmetry. Of unity between elements in what I’m encountering that allows me to experience them as a whole rather than as parts.
And that experience applies to both the tangible and intangible as well as the natural and man-made worlds of objects. I can experience good design in looking at a flower, appreciating the lines and elements of a car, reading a well-turned sentence or listening to a favourite song.