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What Good Means

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Slides from a talk I got to give on May 19 at UX London

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What Good Means

  1. 1. WHAT GOOD MEANS UX London Dan Klyn
  2. 2. CERTAINTY
  3. 3. Cass Gilbert Detroit Public Library 1865
  4. 4. PIXEL-PERFECT What good means:
  5. 5. MEDIUMISM Tactic:
  6. 6. BETTER Tactic:
  7. 7. BAD
  8. 8. Denise Scott Brown Learning From Las Vegas 1972
  9. 9. ALMOST ALLRIGHT What good means:
  10. 10. DO IT DEADPAN Tactic:
  11. 11. MAKE THE COMPLEX CLEAR What good means:
  12. 12. The classic pervasive seduction to designers is finding a solution instead of the truth
  13. 13. An architect should not take the program and simply give it to the client as though he were filling a doctor's prescription
  14. 14. DEEP HUMAN AGREEMENT What good means:
  15. 15. GO BACKWARD FROM THE PROBLEM Tactic:
  16. 16. Louis Kahn Kimbell Museum 1972
  17. 17. Louis Kahn Salk Institute 1965
  18. 18. VERY GOOD IS LESS THAN GOOD Louis Kahn
  19. 19. Ask brick what it wants
  20. 20. the ordinary way
  21. 21. 5
  22. 22. a single, solid, objective basis for the difference between good and bad
  23. 23. WHOLENESS • BEAUTY • LIFE What good means:
  24. 24. PLAY ALONG Tactic:
  25. 25. Something within space and matter can be awoken by the presence of the proper configurations
  26. 26. Christopher Alexander Eishin School 1986
  27. 27. MAKE THE “CLEAR” COMPLEX Tactic:
  28. 28. Wes Anderson Rushmore 1998
  29. 29. Architect(s) Unknown Fort Mason 1912
  30. 30. PRINCIPLES Make The Complex Clear Go Backward From The Problem VERY GOOD IS LESS THAN GOOD Wholenessbeautylife Make The “Clear” Complex for making things be good
  31. 31. 150X/DAY 40HRS/MO
  32. 32. PRIMARY SOURCES
  33. 33. What would it be like to live in a mental world where one’s reasons for making something functionally and one’s reasons for making something a certain shape, or in a certain ornamental way are actually coming from precisely the same place in you ? PROMISE
  34. 34. @undrstndng http://understandinggroup.com @danklyn
  35. 35. http://iainstitute.org
  36. 36. Works Cited Portrait of John Calvin (1509-64) (oil on canvas), Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576) / The Reformed Church of France, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images Calvin, J. (1960). Institutes of the Christian Religion. Philadelphia: Westminster Press. University of Detroit Public Library Library photo by Meghan Nicholas http://studi-osnap.com/wp- content/uploads/2014/02/detroit-public-library- engagement-session-wedding-photographer- studiOsnap-001-2.jpg Photos of 1922 Paris 1st edition of Ulysses owned by the Detroit Public Library from a graduate school project by Dan Klyn in 1995 https://www.flickr.com/photos/76178901@N00/alb ums/72157635734229943/with/9860661344/ HMS Unicorn photo from Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid =29103506 Venturi, R., Scott, B. D., & Izenour, S. (1972). Learning from Las Vegas. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. Venturi, R., & Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). (2011). Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture. New York: Museum of Modern Art. Brand, S. (1999). The Clock Of The Long Now: Time And Responsibility. New York: Basic Books. Photo of ordinary storefront by Dan Klyn in Austin, Texas USA Interview with Richard Saul Wurman by Dirk Kn emeyer (2004) http://www.informationdesign.org/special_wurman / Photo from the collection of Richard Saul Wurman. Kahn, L. I., & Ngo, D. (1998). Louis I. Kahn: Conversations With Students. Houston, Texas: Architecture at Rice Publications. Photo from the collection of Richard Saul Wurman. Wurman, R. S. (1989). Hats. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press for the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photo by Joel Baldwin for LOOK Magazine, 1971. Photo by Dan Klyn at Kimbell Museum, Fort Worth TX Kahn, L. I., & Wurman, R. S. (1986). What Will Be Has Always Been: The Words Of Louis I. Kahn. New York: Access Press. Ed Burgoyne (2015). Advertising Agency Organization http://adsubculture.com/workflow/2014/12/9/exa mples-of-advertising-agency-organizational- charts Christopher Alexander (2007). Empirical Findings. Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp 11-19. Alexander, C. (1983). The Timeless Way of Building. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Alexander, C. (1983). Unpublished Speech Transcript. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Design. El Saturn Research (1975, December 17). Hot Hits Fresh From The Sun [Advertisement]. Ann Arbor Sun.

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