Excremental Form

We often think we know what good design is; whether it be system, code or graphic design, and it’s a good thing that we strive for perfection.

Perfection though is subjective, comes at a cost and is ultimately unachievable. We must embrace the kludges, hacks, work-arounds and other compromises and like the Greek idiom; “whoever is not Greek is barbarian”, we should be damn proud of being that little bit barbaric even if we continue to admire the Greeks.

The question is not whether the design is good but whether the compromises are justified, sound and fit for purpose. Even shit can have good and bad form.