Function & Art

How does one find the balance between function & art when designing products? How do you choose between them? WHY must we choose between them?

We all need beauty in our everyday. We need our products to work consistently and feel natural. As a consumer society, we tend to interact with items as if they are alien. Why do these things have to be so different from ourselves? Shouldn’t our tools be an extension of ourselves? Continue reading

Zen and the Art of Software Design

I read Robert Persig‘s book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance when I was younger and found it to be accessible and instructive as well as opening my eyes to the beauty in man made objects. It definitely deserves to be revisited and I think that Dirk Morris does a great job of making comparisons in this article to the book and the design of proprietary and open source software.