Culture as shared taste. Subjective is not the same thing as individual. Taste is subjective, but not unique. In other words, taste is a property of the subject—the person doing the judging—but it is not necessarily unique to that subject, given that: 1) we share more than we differ on, not only biologically, but culturally, and 2) we can agree on the things we like—i.e. we discuss and develop taste collaboratively, not just in isolation. What someone deems good will be their judgement, but not only theirs. Shared taste—i.e. shared values—is what we call culture.
Review of Hannah Arendt's "On Revolution"
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Review of Leander Kahney's "Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products"
When Jony Ive was working on a radically modern telephone design for his final-year undergraduate university project at Newcastle Polytechnic, he invited his friend, Clive Grinyer, to take a look. When Grinyer … Continue reading
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All action and creation are an expression of man’s self, in the most literal sense of expressing an idea onto the world. A brute wages war so that his name will be … Continue reading
5 Anti-Principles of Good Design
Simplicity, originality, utility, systematization and continuous evolution are the typical tenets of good design. I propose the opposite. Here are my anti-principles of good design: Continue reading
The World Beyond Experience
Post-modern individualist culture has no common goal or purpose—no empire, no religion. Everyone is an individual with their own tastes, dreams, views and ambitions. Everyone pursues their own goals, seeks out their … Continue reading