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Everything has to be designed

Design in public services

Design in the public services is a topic very close to my heart, although I feel it often doesn't receive the attention it deserves. It was nice to come across this, however - a debate in the House of Lords on this very subject, and making the case for good design more articulately than I ever could. Here's a nice quote from Lord Robert Gavron:

"Everything has to be designed: every book and every sheet of paper. The design affects not just the aesthetics but also the function of the printed product. Noble Lords may not realise it, but the speed at which one can read, absorb and remember information depends largely on its design. There is incontrovertible evidence that a well-designed textbook can be effectively read at almost twice the speed of a badly designed textbook. We all know about the pain of reading text that some designer has decided should be printed in small white type on a black background that comes off on your hands."

Posted by Brian 31.10.03 [ page link ]


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