Archive for July, 2016


Divorcing Design & Reality

I found these great words while doing some reading on Christopher Alexander’s work on architecture and patterns:

Images in the 20th century had a unique power where image became divorced from reality, and often more important than reality… Buildings were judged – at least by members of our own profession – more by the way they looked in magazines than by the satisfaction people felt when using them.

This is true for the web or any form of digital design as well. I’ll rewrite:

Images in the 21st century have a unique power where image become divorced from reality, and often more important than reality… Websites and apps are judged – at least by members of our own profession – more by the way they look on Medium, Forums, Dribbble and Behance than by the satisfaction people feel when using them.