Design Under Constraints

The worst thing a designer can hear is an offhand “just do whatever you want.”  That’s because designers understand the power of limits.  Constraint offers an unparalleled opportunity for growth and innovation.

Think of a young tree.  With water and sunshine, it can grow tall and strong.  But include some careful pruning early in its development – removing low-hanging branches – and the tree will grow taller, stronger, faster.  It won’t waste precious resources on growth that doesn’t serve its ultimate purpose.   The same principle applies to design.  Given fewer resources, you have to make better decisions.

    ~ Wired Magazine, Design Under Constraint: How Limits Boost Creativity, by Scott Dadich


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