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[Design for the real world, Victor Papanek.]

I was a fan of this one, by Victor Papanek, for a little while.

“Design is the conscious and intuitive effort to impose meaningful order.”

I like this because “meaningful” means we’re talking about things which mean stuff, to humans. And I like the word conscious because it implies the designer is actually working at a problem. A computer algorithm couldn’t design something, although it could be used as a tool.

I think we’d all nod at this definition. It makes sense.

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