<- Product Newsletter /

#63 - Art_ndDesign XIV - Adolf Loos

Author face
Article written by
Rosa Cortázar Meléndez

Writing of the week

He was an Austrian architect who fought against the taste for ornamentation and the decorative arts, in opposition to the Vienna Secession, so that modern architecture could be renewed. In 1908 he wrote a famous article called Ornament and Crime, in which he defended this aesthetic evolution without ornament, which he defined as an enemy of truth and a sign of aesthetic and moral degeneration, thus reducing working time and increasing wages.

With these ideas he was the pioneer of the modern movement, as he also defended the break with historicism and the bourgeois interior, in search of functionality and quality, being considered one of the precursors of rationalism, which applied cubic space and the play of vertical and horizontal lines before anyone else; in fact, without Loos's ideas there would not have been fundamental architects and designers such as Van der Rohe.

As a curiosity, he introduced a new concept in his works, the Raumplan, which consisted of giving each of the spaces a different importance, depending on their size or the height of the ceiling, in order to preserve privacy. And he focused not only on architecture, but also on interiors, considering furniture to be functional objects to be adapted to modern everyday life, where ornamentation could be applied, but never on the exterior surface.

For more information, go to Adolf Loos 1870 - 1933.


Open Source Alternatives ❤️

We’ve curated 200+ open source alternatives to tools that businesses require in day-to-day operations.

Trycicle - Automation Tools for Designers

Save time with tools that help you design products powered by AI.


The simplest productivity app ever made. Run your team with a single weekly doc. Keep everyone on the same page without endless configuration & maintenance. Focus your energy on what you do best.


Bring your tool stack into your meetings. Sessions is redefining hybrid communication by bringing all your collaboration tools in one single place. With our unique agenda designer, all your sessions will be flawlessly organized and always on time.

SVG Gobbler

Download icons, logos, and vector SVGs from any site. SVG Gobbler is a browser extension that finds the vector content on the page you're viewing and gives you the option to download, optimize, copy, view the code, or export it as an image.


Never Download, never install Apps. A powerful platform for accessing desktop applications through the browser. Say goodbye to slow and laggy machines.


Sell more, sell smarter, sell faster using the science-backed online database of 150 cognitive biases, principles & models that influence your customer's decisions

Articles & Ideas

How Many Participants for Quantitative Usability Studies: A Summary of Sample-Size Recommendations

40 participants is an appropriate number for most quantitative studies, but there are cases where you can recruit fewer users. Raluca Budiu and Kate Moran

2021 Design System Survey

This year, we delve into design system priorities and challenges, including adoption, contribution, and debt. And we explore the evolution of design systems, including the experiences of organizations developing new (or additional) design systems. Sparkbox

Principle of Closure in Visual Design

People tend to fill in blanks to perceive a complete object. Alita Joyce

5 bitter design manager’s lessons I wish I had learned earlier

Design leaders often grow out of yesterday’s designers. You are a designer with brilliant soft skills? Perhaps, you’ll be offered a leadership position someday. Slava Shestopalov

Work backwards

Any time you’re planning, spend some time working backwards. Ask “what’s the key state I’m aiming for?”, then ask “what unlocks or enables that?”. And repeat. Jamie Mill

Design documentation: Starting our DesignOps journey

The digital product function at The Very Group was in transition. We were transforming from a traditional delivery function to an autonomous, product led squad structure (Spotify model light) — and this meant big changes for the design team. Liam Charnock

Windows 11: Designing the Next Generation

Leveraging customer insights and empathy to create for a billion people. Microsoft Design - Christina Koehn and Diego Baca

Remote Jobs

All remote jobs links have been removed, as the positions were fulfilled.