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Good Design: Deconstructing Form and Function and What Makes Good Design Work

By Terry Marks

<p class="MsoHeader" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">The writer polls numerous designers of alternative age teams and stages of their careers approximately what they think about “good design”. each one has chosen an latest layout piece they think to be sturdy, in keeping with their own definition of what “good” is. the writer additionally takes a severe examine the layout to figure out whether it is powerful with its audience and interviews the fashion designer of the piece to free up the idea that in the back of the layout. through taking this backwards strategy via design—from accomplished piece again to conception—readers will detect why the layout works and the way they could use this data of their personal projects.

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