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Good design means not leaving traces of the designer and not overworking the design. If you overdo the design it will touch the beholder’s consciousness. I think that when people and things are within the boundaries of consciousness they are at their farthest from heaven.
- Naoto Fukasawa

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  1. Eric

    I once saw Richard Saul Wurman speak and he said a common misconception is that people think designs need to be ‘simplified’. You may be required to communicate very complex and sophisticated information in a design. The challenge comes in designing for ‘clarity’. Good information design takes what normally could seem very complicated and communicates it in a clear and approachable way.

  2. udanium235

    nice quote…but then, i recently bought a stapler designed by michael graves (ostensibly) for target. beautiful form, functions like a charm, sturdy body, and nice, good design i think. however, his imprint is all over it, including his signature embossed on the back! and i’m certainly conscious it’s a graves/target product, but that makes me happy anyway.

    i find it fascinating how there are different schools of thought on what constitutes good design. sometimes transparency is good. sometimes obvious overstatement is good. context matters.

  3. Greg

    Good design is in the eye of the beholder. But it’s great to have some words of wisdom from those who came before us.


To Design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.
- Paul Rand

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  1. udanium235

    awwww yeah….that’s da bomb baby. rand in da house…