During the past couple of years, I’ve been focusing more and more on accessible design – especially in interactive media. I have become a big believer in design following function, and above all, letting usability dictate design as opposed to the other way around. All too often I find situations where usability in design has taken a back seat – and the result is not only unusable, but for the most part, it’s aesthetically challenged as well. Anyone who’s been around me or my design knows that I prefer a more classical style – almost Swiss International – so it should come as no surprise that I dislike much of the design that’s happening these days. With the mind-boggling return of the insanely appalling 80’s clothing – I have noticed other equally disturbing things trying to make a come-back (i.e. 80’s hair bands – and yes, I’m guilty). But what I don’t get is the obnoxious fluorescent colors and plain ugly graphics that seem to be popping up just about everywhere! Who is buying into this junk?
I feel so much like the old classical designers when the Modernist movement started picking up steam. And then the Dadaists after that, and things just kept getting weirder and weirder. And just like then, I feel now that designers are forgetting the single most important thing in their work – communication. After all, what good is that trendy design you just spent days on if no one gets it? Way to go! You just created visual pollution! 😉
So I guess my point is, let the old stuff stay in the past. Start looking into the future and see what you can come up with! There is a world of knowledge yet to be acquired – and I sure hope it doesn’t look like this again!