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CFA111: Good Design

gooddesignelmoCFA 111 Innovation, Creativity, and Design Thinking is currently being taught during the spring semester and is the new foundation course for the Design Thinking Certificate program being offered by the Miami Design Collaborative. It is also an Honors-Hybrid course at Miami and counts for fine arts and formal reasoning categories in the Miami Liberal Education Plan.

Assignment One: Define “Good Design”

“Good design is an idea that is progressively refined into a good, service, structure, or environment so that it provides for its users’ needs and facilitates interaction. Good design must reflect a consideration of aesthetics and future trends in its attempt to creatively solve an existing problem.”  ~Rachael Fraleigh

“Good design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is also usable. Good design is cumulative, and constantly build on other successful design ideas.”  ~Jenny Miller

“Good design means the design serves its purpose while remaining within the bounds of technology and resources while also displaying innovation and imagination.”  ~James Bambrick

“Good design is something put together in a way that is useful, functional, and has a purpose. Good design should have many functions but at the same time be as simple and compact as possible”  ~Joey Richmond

“Good design should not only be aesthetically pleasing but hold some sort of purpose. This purpose can be informative, efficient, or even entertaining.”  ~Reid Groth

“A ‘good’ design is one that strives to maximize its functionality and benefits while maintaining the best possible aesthetic value.”  ~John Fleming

“A good design has the capability to simplify a complex task or objective. The desired final outcome is performed in a manner that is as efficient as possible.”  ~Clara Godsell

“Good design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also performs its function with ease and pertains to the culture surrounding the design.”   ~Brittany Stechschulte

“Good design is the ability to capture an idea or representation effectively while making the product available for appreciation by a collective group of unique individuals.”  ~John Schieman

“Good design is easily understood, functioning, and easily usable and accessible to all persons.”  ~Amy Lewin

“I believe good design is an idea that encourages people to go beyond normal expectations of certain things, to better their understanding and comfort level.”  ~Elliott Hilficker

“Good design is the most effective answer to a problem, considering function and usability. On top of that, though it is innovative rather than obvious, taking into account aesthetics, too.” ~Jenna Samels

“I think good design is characterized by its ability to solve a problem or improve life in some way, even if only in a subjective, aesthetic way. Good design is purposeful, appealing (to one or all), and constantly evolving as a practice.”  ~Maria Bee

“Good design is creating a product that is so useful millions of people take it for granted everyday.”  ~Molly Kraus

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