On the Importance of Design
The meaning of the word Design in the way I write about in this article is the process of shaping products. When originally thought of almost 100 years ago, it had the purpose of adding qualities to already well crafted and produced products. It was the time when responsible craftsmen and artisans were in charge of those matters. A code of ethics, tradition, pride and a deep respect for the user and our planet caused many products to become heirlooms, and they can be admired today in museums of modern art. This came at a price.
Affordability was the initial target, and early mass production achieved this goal, without any loss of quality. Not much later, more qualities found their place on this list. These were: Fitting easily, unobtrusively in diverse environments, easy and safe usage, efficient use of resources and material, increased utility and longevity. Information on those topics was drawn from research on the environment of use and the users themselves.