The Democratization of “Good” Design

I recently read about the latest software application promising to put good design into the hands of all.  But do you ever wonder who determines what is “good” design?  Certainly there are general rules that are broadly applied to theories of design.  But as we know, sometimes the theory results in homogenized designs.  A design trend develops and nearly all business graphs, charts, ads, architecture, autos and more become too familiar. Does this come to mind when you think of a certain nationally franchised coffee shop? (I will not name it but it is on nearly every other block in larger cities).

The interior design of this coffee shop chain has “inspired” updates in many homes with the goal of having a cool coffee shop feel and look.  It’s actually too bad when this happens. Individuality gives way to a corporate look.  Such ubiquitous good tastes becomes bland.  We are constantly sold on how to look all the way into our homes.  So, think about good design means to you.  Design is not an adjustable rubber stamp.  Design should show an individual’s tastes and not corporate branding.

It’s time to wake up.  Go ahead and make some design mistakes. Find out what fits you instead of trying to fit into another “good design” theory of the decade.  Many home remodels will happen once the current design trend for coffee shop style and color moves on.  And some will have to buy new art and decoration for their homes since they followed design trends and not their own tastes.  The last thing you want to do is buy art based upon trendy good design theory.  So next time you change your home or buy art figure out what moves you instead of chasing a trendy design.

Blue Apple

Blue Apple

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