Design is the act of imposing one’s will on materials to perform a function (Ron Arad, 2004)

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Design philosophy

Designs in nature are beautiful because they had the opportunity to evolved over many years. The most important aspects of design may be:

  1. Simplicity and functionality

  2. Reliability and robustness

  3. Aesthetics and association

  4. Cost and energy

10 of the Best Design Philosophies of All Time

Planning philosophy for creators

Think ahead, but do not overplan on details (Why Overplanning Can Be Dangerous).

Creating something new can not fully rely on an existing process since it is new. Diverge and converge on all levels of the design as many times as you think it might help. Try to delay engineering of solvable details until they are actually required.

Iterative development - wikipedia