Monday, May 24, 2010


We tend to talk about a lot of things that we love, most things we want to share, and every so often, there's something that we talk about that achieves -- well, we'll call it a comment from the peanut gallery for the time being.

So what do you think about when you hear the phrase "over-design"? Me? I think of a plethora of sequins pasted all over a place they shouldn't be - and I like sequins - and said place may be the color of pepto bismol, which is not attractive. Don't even try to argue that one with me. Do not pass go. Do not collect two hundred dollars.

But sometimes over-design comes in smaller forms, where the idea or object or placement is seemingly standing with good intentions, maybe great intentions, but doesn't really work out. Now, I'll be honest, I love things like this. I get suckered into buying those stupid puzzles (and apps - we'll talk later, Apple!) that you're supposed to be entertained for all of five seconds, frustrated for five hours, and then when you finally solve it, your reaction is a sum of one word.


Design Boom did a feature on the daily stack, a time management tool created by a pair of designers that allows a user to track work flow. How? By creating physical representations of their tasks. It sounds like a really great idea, right? Take a look at the video, where the process evolves into a complicated venture, based on tasks and times, etc. It's an interesting venture, but it goes to show you how in all fields, there's always some sort of form over design and losing the original spirit of the idea.

So again, what do you think of when you hear the phrase over-design?

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