How Do You Define Good Design?

How Do You Define Good Design?

Marcia Prentice
May 7, 2010

We are immersed in design and observe it in our environment everyday. Each day Apartment Therapy exhibits a beautiful home, a creative landscape, or a new product, all of which some readers love and some readers could disregard. What makes up good design versus below par design?

To start a discussion on design, I study the foundation and elements of design: form, space, line, and balance. Design incorporates fashion, art, dance, music, interiors, architecture, and other creative arts. An interior designer may incorporate inspirations from a favorite painting or create a mood for a home inspired by the instruments of a song. Manipulating the basic elements of design can create variations to intensify a creative expression.

Design can be simple, but have a profound effect. The most beautiful green we have ever seen has been the color of a blade of grass. In my opinion, successful design is any design that provokes an emotion or deeper study of the subject matter. If the design has an intended practical use, then we expect good design to have superior functionality.

What is your definition of design in the most basic form? What are your criteria for good design?

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