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Designing as Nature
When I began to work on the new design for my websites, my professional graphic designer asked me about my “design style.” Having never worked with a professional graphic designer before on a project from beginning to end, I didn’t know what to say. I have preferences, but I had never thought of it as a foundation to work with, from which a design emerged.
After drawing a blank, the next day I did start thinking of things, like the design of my home, the clothing I choose and the basic guidelines I have chosen for my life.
And I started scribbling:
- plain and simple
- eclectic (this is my home decorating style)
I knew I preferred colors that come from Nature and are soft, not bright,
I wanted everything to be clear, now ambiguous.
I wanted everything to be true and honest about what it is.
Everything needed to function and have a function - no frivolous decoration, just function with good design.
As I thought of it, my design sense really is a combination of Amish, Shaker, and Arts & Crafts—all nonindustrial designs that come from communities with similar lifely ideals.
Having made my list I didn’t think of it again, but as the design emerged I could see these qualities embodied.
There is a passage from a book I am quite fond of in which the author refers to a cherry tree and asks how a cherry tree would design, in his case, a building.
As I am finishing up the design I am asking myself, how would Nature design a website?
And I was happy I could say, “Pretty much like I did.”
And I am deeply satisfied that my website design is an expression of me and Larry. It looks like what we are.