On Design

Oct 12 2010

The amazing Aza Raskin has published a great article on how to be a designer. I hereby want everyone of you to go read it. To justify this pointer as a blog post, I’ll add a little anecdote.

Czechs don’t seem to appreciate design all that much. I get a feeling that complexity seems to be favoured here. If something is easy to use it’s not as good as something that has an LCD and many toggles. Just a few years ago I know I didn’t appreciate design. I apologise for my young arrogance, but when I first came to the US I recall myself thinking how stupid must the average American be to have a huge push handle on doors with the words PUSH on them to figure out how to open it. And then I came back home, wiggling those pull handles forward and backward to figure out just which way the doors would open.