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Re: What is High Design

Postby jGray » April 26th, 2016, 11:38 am

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the way i think about it -
Design that asks a question more than it answers = high design.
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Re: What is High Design

Postby yo » April 26th, 2016, 12:28 pm

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I think that is a good way to think about it.

since we are visual people:
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Re: What is High Design

Postby Sasha » April 27th, 2016, 12:31 pm

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Just before the 18th century, those who considered themselves to be cultured and wealthy wanted to buy and share artworks that were of a higher class. They created the term 'high art', to signify that only cultured peoples would understand and appreciate it. They also include foods, like Foie gras and caviar, to be only appreciated by people with a high-culture appetite. High Design is a same thing. Very much for high-class peoples. High design stems from the idea that money is no longer important. The people who have High Design are so wealthy and educated, that the money does not matter. Only the design matters. This is High Design, and goes very much against the concept of Democratic Design - the idea that everyone can appreciate good design.

Re: What is High Design

Postby cwatkinson » February 3rd, 2017, 9:01 am

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Karim Rashid would be a good example of high design - or something.

I find more pictures of him in different poses then actual items he designed......

Re: What is High Design

Postby AVClub » February 6th, 2017, 4:05 pm


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cwatkinson wrote:Karim Rashid would be a good example of high design - or something.

I find more pictures of him in different poses then actual items he designed......



Really? Karim Rashid has a ton of products that have hit the market, many of them are somewhat low cost products made for the masses, such as his Umbra products and the work has has done for Bobble.

Re: What is High Design

Postby yo » February 6th, 2017, 6:41 pm

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I like a lot of Karim's products, especially a lot of the low cost ones. He was early on that high design/low cost trend with Umbra in the 90's before Target went national. Just get past the selfies. :-) I've met him and spent some time with him and was really impressed by his thinking and how amicable he is. I found him much more personable and friendly than other semi-superstar designers who you read about and he had more thought behind his design decisions as well.

Re: What is High Design

Postby teddyatl » December 1st, 2017, 8:26 pm


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Wow guys, I lost track and this thread really grew with a lot of insightful comments.

A few other familiar design terms where brought up and like Democratic Design and Strategic Deign and High-Level Design. They mainly make me think of other buzz words like Ergonomic Design, and Inclusive Design, but they all seem to be related to methodologies and desired outcomes.

jGray wrote:the way i think about it -
Design that asks a question more than it answers = high design.


Makes me think of a Core 77 article that talks about types of design rather broadly (link below),with a focus on the designers intent.

http://www.core77.com/posts/12232/the-4-fields-of-industrial-design-no-not-furniture-trans-consumer-electronics-toys-by-bruce-m-tharp-and-stephanie-m-tharp-12232

Re: What is High Design

Postby sonofscrotum » December 3rd, 2017, 11:09 pm


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Not to be confused with design while being high.

Re: What is High Design

Postby yo » December 4th, 2017, 9:54 am

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sonofscrotum wrote:Not to be confused with design while being high.



But, judging by the results, the two are not mutually exclusive! :lol:

Re: What is High Design

Postby IDiot » December 4th, 2017, 10:08 am

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yo wrote:I like a lot of Karim's products, especially a lot of the low cost ones. He was early on that high design/low cost trend with Umbra in the 90's before Target went national. Just get past the selfies. :-) I've met him and spent some time with him and was really impressed by his thinking and how amicable he is. I found him much more personable and friendly than other semi-superstar designers who you read about and he had more thought behind his design decisions as well.


We brought him to speak at my school my senior year, I was the IDSA president and was a little on the fence, but we had an amazing treasurer that really wanted to bring him and I told her if she could figure out the funding that I would support it. She found funds from all over and got different campus groups together and worked with Karim on his price and was able to make it happen, and I am very glad she did. Hearing his thinking and the logic and though behind his work I had a hard time finding fault where I once had. I took a Logic and Critical Thinking class a few years prior, and one of the things our Professor impressed on us was, "he who defines the terms wins the argument." I couldn't help but think about this the whole time Karim was presenting, he was really impressive in that regard and was very nice and fun when we went out for drinks after as well.

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