A few of us popped down to the School of Life talk on ‘Why Design Matters’ by Alice Rawsthorn this week.
Alice Rawsthorn is the design critic of the International Herald Tribune and her weekly design column is published every Monday and syndicated worldwide. She generally explores new directions in every area of design, but this talk was themed around her new book Hello World (designed by Irma Boom). In the book she explores design’s influences on our daily lives. The main idea that came across in the talk was that good design is not about creating ‘pretty’ things (that’s a nice extra), but that good design should have a positive impact on people's lives. Looks like the book is packed with lots of ‘good design’ examples and might be an interesting read.