Earlier this month, O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly posted on Google+ about the United Kingdom’s “Digital Design Principles.” There are 10 of them:
- Start with needs (the user’s, not the government’s)
- Do less
- Design with data
- Do the hard work to make it simple
- Iterate. Then iterate again.
- Build for inclusion
- Understand context
- Build digital services, not websites
- Be consistent, not uniform
- Make things open: it makes things better
In the spirit of our latest “Design for Makers” issue, MAKE founder Dale Dougherty wondered on Google+ what a set of making principles would look like. Any suggestions?
MAKE Volume 32: Design for Makers
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