Ben Carr

Same-ness of Modern Design

But I think that these conversations stop short of an important conclusion (it’s Twitter, of course, not Plato’s Academy): design is a radically different exercise than it was in the 18th, 13th, or 5th century. Industrialization has made the world more deeply interconnected, automated, and chaotic. The aesthetics of the things around us are not in the way they look to us, but in the way they came to be, and the way they shape the future.

Really interesting take from Matthew Ström on what beauty and necessity is behind the surface-level aesthetic differences between modern and classic industrial design.