Function VS. Aesthetic

This article is a response to Paul Adams you can read it here in full length if you desire. http://insideintercom.io/the-dribbblisation-of-design/

 Indeed it is an interesting article that must be had when someone is criticizing a well known and renowned website such as Dribbble which is in some respects the place all designers go to get their new found charge of inspiration. Still, its something that I think everyone asks at some point while being a designer or an artist or anything that works between the realms of direct engineering or the formative or functional and the aesthetic and eye pleasing. This is something I don’t think this article touches on but while he does come to play upon the heavy emphasis of many designers upon the fourth rung of importance, that being the visual, he entirely forgets this concept. Make no mistake designing mobile apps can’t escape the tethers of function and aesthetic as much as America can’t depart from a two party system, without the other the second will become lost and soon enter into grogginess and overall repetitive issue. This is something I do think this article falls upon nicely and clearly conveys the problems overall with the manner of designing apps and screen and interfaces now in the mobile world.

Its seems as though a great deal many people are starting to forget the formative and functional purposeful part of making an app which is meant to improve our lives in some way shape or another. Either by giving us a smile to last a while or to improve our methods of producing money or creating or advancing further in our world today. Ultimately, like Paul Adams writes there has to be a mission or a goal and after that a vision first before unrolling the rest of the package by architecture of the design before finally finishing it off with the visuals. Its a great concept and really brings back to earth the idea that Mobile apps are meant to improve our lives or our relationships or etc. and not add more spam to our daily lives and needless extra we don’t need. Overall, I love the fact he is touching upon this because often I feel people have a tendency to create while not thinking about the overall repercussions of a design and its purpose. Heck even I when I paint try to find and overall concept and or feeling what will properly navigable the meaning and purpose of my art or what it is conveying to the observer. In likewise a same sense Paul Adams is touching upon this and so his consistency to see this over aesthetic influence being seen on a site like Dribble is not unfounded and is a sentiment I share myself.

Still, I feel as though Paul is entering into tricky ground with the level of critique and annoyance with the aesthetic he appears to be having with Dribbble and all things of that style that come from the site. Yes, Dribbble may be producing a lot of visuals and heading in the direction of the aesthetic but that is why it was created, to showcase the artistic not so much the functional. Similar to Behance in this way its emphasis is on the visual anyways that is its purpose. Not to mention the fact that things typically pleasing to the eyes have sold well which is something people shouldn’t forget. After all Facebook, which is his prime example of how to functionally display something didn’t get to its fame and notoriety of being the world leader in social networking for being the most functional. In fact overall I would say it was one of the least functional however, because it was aesthetically simplified and and straight to its goals visually it beat down multiple competitors to become the giant it is today.

In a similar sense the same can be said of drawing board designs and mock ups. Yes, while applying for a job someone might want to see your design process and how you achieved your final design but when you are simply trying to wow someone you don’t show them your rough’s. The final product is almost always what counts and the same can be said of mobile apps or anything that must be judged first on the initial process of the eyes judging whether they like something or not. Remember, the visual usually trumps the function because while the function may win in the long run the aesthetic is usually the first to grab a head start and in the age of quickening information sharing and the new best thing all the matters is being first. Being second, well we all know what happens to copycats or people trying to ride on the coat tails of something special, they’re forgotten. Remember also it wasn’t the world’s greatest wrote movie ever that holds the title for greatest money making movie ever. No, rather it was one of the worst made movies pasted with incredible visual and aesthetic mastery which we all know as Avatar. Chew on that for a bit Paul Adams.

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