How interesting that the human psyche loves babies. I know it’s certainly hard for me to tell a wide-eyed, bald headed, tiny toed baby “No,” unless its for the child’s well-being. Whoever says taking candy from a baby is easy has clearly never tried it. Some scientists suggest “cuteness” is a baby’s first line of defense, I concur. If babies weren’t so gosh darn cute, it would be much harder to give them the affection they crave, and actually need for a healthy development. This is why many cartoons have big blinking eyes that somehow make adults suspend reality and believe they are real for an instant.
Walter says, “The world is our mirror.” Everything we look at we look for an element of ourself in. This makes sense. When I chose my bed spread I looked for a pattern and texture that resonated with me. I think we not only look for ourself, but we become attached to objects or environments because it reminds us of loved ones. I want to live in a yellow house because it reminds me of my aunt, when I pick Oklahoma stickers out of my shoes it makes me smile in remembrance of my Grandpa. I don’t see myself in Oklahoma stickers or yellow houses, but then again, I do because I see someone important to me. This could become tricky when designing for a wide range of inevitably different people, but it proposes a fun element to design when the designer is able to create a character down to the style of house he/she might live in.
It could become very easy to get carried away in a masterpiece. My mom used to always tell me less is more. Less makeup is more beautiful, less syrup on pancakes and less pictures on the wall. I understand now that what she was trying to tell me was the more contrast I created the more pleasing the final product. Simplicity is sweet, especially on a webpage. Designs get distracting and the more time it takes to finish a task, the less likely it is to be completed. As inventors, designers and trail blazers, if we can create something that mimics the heart of a human, is appealing, simple and easy to use, we will be successful.
Originally posted at Dusti-PR pubs