Thoughts on Constraints in Design

A Constraint That Hinders Creative Freedom In both art and design, we can identify three dimensions of constraint: material, functional, and cultural. The beauty of art often lies in the freedom of expression where a constant, self-indulging or self-induced struggle over the constraints by those dimensions. All three pose fascinating challenges to an artist, who…

The Fine Lines of Our Lives

There are fine lines in our lives that form the basis of our decisions. At first, there’s the Affordability Line: When life is not even affordable, we struggle for mere survival. There’s barely a choice of what to do or how to live. When circumstances become better, we cross the Affordability Line and start to…

UX: The Trouble of a Term

The term UX (user experience) has probably come to the point where it’s becoming more misleading rather than encouraging, aspiring, or clarifying. “…the term [User Experience] has spread widely, so much so that it is starting to lose it’s meaning. …user experience, human centered design, usability; all those things, even affordances. They just sort of…

Physicality for Digital Ritual

The Lost Ritual of the Physical Social ritual is largely lost in the digital scenarios. For example, the ritual of lending/borrowing physical books is lost in the digital scenario. So are the resulting mutual appreciation and social intimacy. When you lend an eBook to me, the act of kindness or friendship is barely visible. The very…

Ethics of The Wow Factor in Design

There’s another side of the matter, and that side only comes to trouble us when we ask the fundamental questions. Good Design Is Like Good Sex, Wow Is Like Porn Good design is like good sex. A lot more things than physicality or emotion contribute to a pleasurable or rewarding experience. The wants, needs, as…