Importance of Good Design in business

The design, the aesthetics part, of any product, affects the way the target audience perceives the business/product. It is the first impression the product creates in the viewer’s mind. In a flash the viewer relates the service rendered as great/good/mediocre/bad or any individual specific grade set in his/her mind.

There is no single way to make something that would be successful. So it all depends on the target audience. The easiest is when the designer and the target audience have the same taste. It gets difficult when one targets audience having a taste different from himself/herself.

I believe though a good design is recognised by everybody.

Art is ¿

Let us try to define it..
 
Art is something that intrigues the mind with the balance/harmony in its composition experienced through different sensory perceptions. Art is surely in an artists painting (sight). It is in a sculpture (sight, and touch?). It is in music (hearing). Art can also be experienced through the sense of smell – a perfume, which could be called a work of art. And, if you will, I would even call a mesmerisingly delicious dish as an art of a cook.
This is however very individual-specific.

Good art? Bad art?

For instance, rock genre in music might please some as art, but might not be enjoyed by others the same way, and some might even get disturbed/irritated by it.
Some sculpture might be regarded as high form of art by some and it could also offend some others. So to relish art is even culture-specific. Though it could be argued whether the group of people who get offended by the bold expression of some sculpture, would also be subconsciously intrigued by its artistic composition, and it is only their conscious mind that is holding them from accepting it.
A persons tastein art is developed by his lifestyle, profession, culture, personal philosophy.
The kind of art a person enjoys the most is also governed by his state of mind. A sad, gloomy state of mind would find a sad play or movie or music more soothing (and therefore enjoy it?) than something more vibrant and energetic. It could be understood that a person in depression would tend to listen to a gentle, soft music; like to watch a slow-paced movie; enjoy sitting alone by the sea and feel soothed by the natural sounds of water, breeze; things which he, in an energetic state of mind, would rather drop for something more vibrant as a dance number.

‘I am an artist, I cook’

How do we differentiate art from craft? How are they related?
 
the art of cooking. 
the art of writing a book (art of story-telling).
the art of leadership (or quality of leadership?)
 
Creating stuff may or may not be art. Making a table is a craft, but making one which is pleasing to look at, involves art.
Creating art involves skill. All art has some common characteristic. It could be said that the skills of creating a particular kind of art could be learnt. It involves learning to use the toolsto create art – like learning to use brushes, colours to paint, learning to play a piano, learning to use a chisel to sculpt – and also to learn the principles of creating appreciable art, like proportions in human body, details in human face, notes in music, human anatomy.
There is another important aspect of creating art. Apart from the skills of producing it, art must first be conceived in the mind of the artist. This may be related to the term creativity.

‘I like it, why don’t you?’

Some art is enjoyable once it is explained by the artist or when the thought behind a composition is revealed. For example, if an artist explains the significance of different shapes, colours, in his painting, the viewer would be able to relate the various parts of the composition in his mind and be in a better position to appreciate the painting as an art-form.
The intellect of a person also adds on to his ability to relish art. An arts student might be, in many cases, in a better position to appreciate an abstract painting than a layman. A child definitely would not be very happy with a monochromatic abstract painting than he might be with a colourful picture depicting some cheerful event of life that he could relate to.. But the same child could grow up into being an artist himself!
This can explain that some art is made for a specific audience. Some art would rather appeal to all kinds of audience..
It could be observed that some people would be more influenced by art (all sorts of it) than others. And though this is again influenced by their lifestyle, their upbringing, it could (arguably) also be an intrinsic trait. Also, the people involved in the field of arts (the artists, the patrons) usually are able to appreciate other forms of art better. It could either be their natural tendency to see art in things around themor their knowledge in arts.

‘ohhh this is art-istic!’

Every art has some characteristics that make it art. It has the power to grab the attention of the people and engage their minds. It can create strong, subtle, cheerful, aggressive or calm feelings in the person. And this power is induced in the art form with careful and thoughtful composition of the elements in it – notes in music, colours and shapes in a painting, harmonic moves in dance, proportions & scale & texture in a sculpture. The degree of this power varies in art forms, from being subdued, gentle, which the viewers relax with – to extremely strong, thought provoking, that would make the viewer restless, uncomfortable, and yet engage him.
So art is really very relative. What art is, may as well be a matter of personal choice. It will always be as undefinable and explorable as the human mind is.

– Dushyant Basson

Furniture for a studio

Work-tables designed in sketchup:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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on google+

trying google+
it is much of a copy of facebook.. with a google touch. of course it is better than facebook. but did we need another facebook?
i did like the capability of sharing stuff with selective groups or individuals. but a limitation it has is that you can’t change it later – for example if you want to share the same thing with some more people later, you can’t.
well they say it is under-development.. so hope for improvements..

Gmail HTML version

The most annoying part of the otherwise slick HTML version of gmail is that while in the spam mail view, you cannot select all the messages with a single click (as you can in the standard – javascript driven – gmail view). This is the only part for which I have to everytime switch back to the standard version, even for a while so I can clear all the spam; not for the built-in ‘chat’..

(Also the link ‘Delete all spam messages now’ is absent in the HTML version, which would have been another simple useful link.)

I’ve suggested this to google/gmail. Lets see how long it takes, or if it happens before I won’t anymore need to use the HTML version. 🙂

update (18-06-11):
Another limitation of the HTML version of gmail that I discovered today – I was trying to add a new contact while in HTML view, and couldn’t find any button/link to do that! * sigh *