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Moritz Wolpert etched brass analog synth faceplate

This season brings attention not just to ornaments, but to the whole idea of ornamentation and why we like it (or don’t). Here’s a question I’d love to get some opinions on. You can share in the discussion below, or if you want to contribute to opinion statistics, here is a SurveyMonkey poll. I’ll summarize and share the results.

For the purposes of this survey, ornamentation is defined as any non-functional elements in a design that are included purely for appearance.

Q: How much (1-10 scale) do you like ornamentation in the things that you…

  1. …Make yourself?
  2. …Buy?

I’d say I’m at 8 and 3.

paul spinrad

Paul Spinrad

I’m a broad-spectrum enthusiast, writer, editor (Wired, MAKE), maker, and dad who lives in San Francisco and hatches schemes at investian.com.


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