Friday, July 14, 2006

Does the US suck at design?

Comparing U.S. design to the rest of the world...

"I'm just asking...
I know the US is full of brilliant designers. So why do we have some of the ugliest bank notes on the planet? When I first got to Switzerland, a shopkeeper had to pry the 10 out of my hand... it was that sexy.

When I travel outside the US (a lot, lately), I keep finding a culture of design. A culture of aesthetics and style that seems natural in that country, but rarer (and often forced) in the US. Here in the US, we have Designers, Artists, Architects, etc.... and then the rest of us.. But in the places I've been visiting, those lines are often blurred. Outside the US, the appreciation for--and ability to create--beauty is not just something "left to the professionals." This design sensitivity/sensibility doesn't touch everything, but it seems far more pervasive than it does here. And I say this having spent most of my adult life in southern California, where you can't swing a cat without hitting a design school grad. It's not our US designers that have gone missing... it's a culture of design we seem to lack."   continued ...   (Via Creating Passionate Users)

 Vibrate, visceral appeal of Swiss notes- User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Vibrate, visceral appeal of Swiss notes


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