Good design constitutes as many qualities to a range of cultures and individuals. The simplest idea of good design is a product that fulfils a purpose efficiently. To do so, a design should be considered for the intended user. The factors of the designs environment and use should all be taken into consideration, and an understanding of ‘why’ should be clear in the design.   All design should have the intention of fulfilling a purpose, whether it be solving an impending issue or to create a conversation over an immediate problem.

The line between good and bad design is blurry at best, I believe that all design fulfils a purpose however the question lies in its efficiency and effectiveness at doing so. Weather the intention was to create conversation or a tangible result, if a design is incapable at delivering these outcomes it’s entire design was unsuccessful and without purpose.  If these results are seen yet difficult to acquire then the design is again considerably a ‘bad’ design as no understanding was formed in the design of how it would be used, and more importantly why it was being used.

A sign that provides the basics of its message is vastly more effective than a sign with an overload of information. However, a leaflet that provides a summary of information is more effective than one that provides no form of answers or path to receiving these.  Context and understanding is the difference between good and bad design, and to understand the margin between good and bad design an understating of the context must be clear to all.


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