So this leaves me. What is design precisely? Well, I don't know that I have a precise definition for it other than that involves bringing order from chaos. Though this order isn't always wrought by human hands, the perception of design is exclusively human. Obviously. I felt compelled to say that because my working definition of design hinges on it.
Here are some examples of a not uncommon design element, a spiral.
|Andromeda via Flickr|
|The Vatican Museum via Flickr|
|office tower in Nagoya|
|sculpture by Peter Coffin at the Saatchi Gallery|
Human brains are pattern recognition machines, I say it all the time. We evolved brains that are hard wired to find patterns, whether patterns exist or not. So for me, design is the art of manipulating patterns. There are all manner of rules and regulations that determine what good design is but all good design comes from an awareness of those rules. Good design follows the rules but just as importantly, good design can dispense with the rules all together. What's important is the awareness, not necessarily an adherence.
So to answer the question, design is imposing order on chaos. What do you think? What's design to you?