Tad Toulis at Core 77 has written a compelling essay on the need for more “ugly” design. He goes into the reasons why striving for perfection, fleeting beauty, and some sort of over-idealized goodness kill creativity and real innovation. Assumed professional standards are then viewed as blinders to true design problem solving. Toulis calls instead for a type of mistakeism, where these standards are put aside so that radical, freewheeling creativity can come through – even at the cost of seeming ugly or unusual.

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