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12 Ugly Things

In Design, Ugliness on 2010/01/15 at 7:43 pm

Edward De Bono proposed an “Ugliness Tax” in his book “Simplicity”.  Here are 12 things (in no particular order) which could support his call.  I came across these by chance; I don’t deliberately go looking for ugly things, nor do I believe people go round deliberately to design and make ugly things; however, the level of apathy in some cases make you wonder.

Three reasons for such ugliness: a) rules and regulations, b) “best practice”, and c) sheer laziness. Three respective antidotes: a) counter rules and regulations (short of imposing an ugliness tax), b) junk best practice and majority rules, c) restore the pride in craftsmanship.

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