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22 January 2012 @ 06:26 am
Autoistic  
Design, like oversight and sanction, is an autoantonym: It means two opposite things. There's design as "clear thinking made visible" [Edward Tufte] and there's creating elegantly simple objects that win awards from other designers while making as few concessions as possible to the suckers who have to use the device. Here's how design in the second sense can make cars more lethal.

Thanx to andrewducker

ETA: As the article makes clear, good design is also clear thinking made tangible.
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J. Brad Hicksbradhicks on January 22nd, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
I just learned a new word.

Is it okay with you if I retweet that first sentence? If so, would you prefer that I link to this post or not link? Attribute or not attribute? If attribute, by real name or LJ name, or something else?
El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on January 22nd, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yes. Attribute. supergee.

Edited at 2012-01-22 04:27 pm (UTC)
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