Social Design Without Beauty is a Dead End
Posted by Plish on March 23, 2011
“I think we’ve gotten to the point of design where it’s no longer OK to say that it’s all worth doing. I think that a whole lot of people dedicating their careers to making really beautiful tables and chairs and lamps when the same amount of energy could be set to other problems. I think it’s time for us to start having a conversation and say, “you know that project, that lamp, that chair, is not worth doing; do something else.”" – Jon Kolko from this Forbes Interview.
Beauty inspires, it is the font from which inspirations for a better tomorrow bubble with joy.
Beauty is always worth doing. Period.
“… one of the litmus tests is (to) think if this object were not on earth. Would it be a pity? Would you miss it? I tell you that’s really interesting because it really helps. Sometimes objects are not immediately functional. They’re not to be sat upon, or to be used to eat, or to be used to turn on the volume. Sometimes objects just deliver emotions or are just part of your life. That’s also enough.”
Beauty is always enough.
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