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#125 - Some Paul Mijksenaar Notes

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Juan Jesús Millo

Writing of the week

Always focusing on a graphic quality, very visual, with strength, simplicity and functionality. All this is reflected in various comments:

  • A product can itself be visual information; such is the case of a clock, a calendar, an urban map, a chart, a route indicator or a computer. In addition, the actual use of a product may involve additional visual information, such as a keypad, a control panel or operating instructions.
  • Design always involves three inextricably related elements, however much the relative proportions between them vary from one application to the next: durability, utility and beauty. Consequently, design is an activity that unites the elements of durability and utility and intensifies aesthetic perception.
  • In general, we can say that the conceptual model should present the information in a way that is as simple, clear and unambiguous as possible. On the other hand, the presentation can be enriched with a plethora of details, preferably applied to different aspects.
  • The choice of a particular visual medium is dictated primarily by the degree of abstraction required by the information.
  • When the designer finally gets around to designing the pre-tested visual elements, he or she will need to consider the meaning that users will assign to them.
  • Designers of consumer graphic products should be influenced by the visual richness of everyday objects.

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