This is embarrassing to myself mostly since no one reads this shit. Several weeks since my last post plus with my Book Of The Month experience lagging my goals have been wobbly. Not that I don’t have a reason; I always have excuses and none that I’m going to share here because again no one reads my crap and I already know them well.
Why do single purpose table lamps cost $900 and why are things like damn, them new loafers hurt my pocket. There’s only one reason for it: money lusting goblins of the Harry Potter variety. Close, but no. Within the pages of David Kadavy’s book, Design <for> Hackers, will you find the answer, but only after you deduce the reason from the book’s content. In other words, you’ll have to conclude the reason as there isn’t a chapter titled “Here’s the Answer.” Oh well, read further and I’ll decompose it for you.
The care and time and knowledge applied in selecting materials, colours, placements, function, practicality, everyday use, and more is the reason for the high cost of things. This is the design process. People who design (and I won’t call them designers for everyone is a designer these days or thinks they are) impregnate creations with their ideas for how objects should feels and function and be perceived. Objects become desirable because of their shape or colour or purpose or origin and many other perceivable and in-perceivable details. Combining these infinite variations into a form serving a purpose is beautiful and meaningful.
A description of anal might be attributed to these types, but its merely a character trait of those who see the design of things. But more importantly these individuals can appreciate the sometimes genius thoughts plunged into a work. Those that cannot are either untrained or lack mental dexterity. A title that I’m connecting to design is that of Curator. The purpose of a Curator is ever more important; their experience and knowledge on a specialized topic far exceeding that of the average Joe. Nowadays we find great excitement at anything curated: music, clothing, travel, etc. These curated experiences surpass what individually we would have experienced otherwise largely due to our insensitivity on quality.
Chapter 5 highlights proportions and is of great everyday use. The Golden Ratio is fascinating and reveals why some things look “right” or balanced or just otherwise pleasing to view. Later chapters delve into the granularities of colour creation perception and you may find yourself trailing off. The chapters begin to read like a textbook at times putting a drag on enjoyment.
A good introduction to design and a certainly a reference book, Design <for> Hackers is a gateway drug to the design world.