Our topic for today is “Good design is thorough, down to the last detail”.

This subject refers to the accuracy and finishing of a product and all those little parts that are easy to overlook when a designer is obsessed with the big picture form. 

Let’s start with accuracy. This applies to both production and durability. The designer must have a base understanding of production methods in order to design successfully. This enables them to produce accurate technical drawings to be sent for manufacture, but also ensures that they don’t design concepts which are difficult or impossible to manufacture on mass. The other aspect of durability refers to aspects that could wear out quickly or become damaged and the designers role to help prevent this. For example many plastic products nowadays use clips to assemble; and whilst this is a more sustainable option in cheap products, any long use products are likely going to break at these points. Especially if the pieces are removed to replace batteries.

Designers should also avoid arbitrary designs based on whims since this can often confuse the users, hiding features or making them difficult to use. This argument goes back to form versus function and product honesty as discussed in previous days.

However, designers should also not leave details out that could impede the function of the product. They should leave nothing to chance, everything should be clear. This however isn’t the case with some user interfaces. Take for example the HTC smartphone. I have one and the aspect I noticed is that whilst it has a good quick start guide, some features are not mentioned such as pressing and holding to bring up a item specific menu which has more options than the normal menu. Simply including this clearly would have made a better design. 

Details are what can give life to interest in a product but also can make products much more enjoyable to use.

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