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over 6 years ago from Paul Macgregor, Runs, Freelance Designer, Etc.

  • Bevan StephensBevan Stephens, over 6 years ago

    Excellent article!

    The problem is, like the sugar levels in modern food, people have become accustomed to the level of decoration in modern products, and come to expect it.

    Weening them off it is tricky and risks disappointing them, like the disappointing empty flavour of diet coke.

    17 points
    • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, over 6 years ago

      Show me the data that supports this.

      3 points
    • Interested Curious, over 6 years ago

      Decorations, like all other things, are a tool to use. Ex- Icons on Japanese websites make them usable for me. They convey messages.

      I don't see how his point is saying anything besides function over form in long form.

      If every product on market was taken to it's barest minimum aesthetic forms, a new problem would be presented. Things wouldn't stand out.

      The solution? Change things visually to make them stand out.

      Then the cycle would repeat and aesthetic choices would vary wildly including things the Author decided are "sugar", and "trendy".

      Nothing he cited was entirely "useless". Especially the icons.

      It's perfectly valid to construct decoration, especially if it's purpose was to be decorative. (Nearly everything on dribble)

      1 point