What is a good design? Is my design is a good design? Dieter Rams question him self in 1970s. The answer to the questions then called Dieter Ram : 10 Principles for Good Design. In the recent years, his principles become designers guidance, if not path to create a good design.
10 Principles for Good Design can be found in some websites and mobile apps. In this case, I’d like to choose ebay.com as a good design in my opinion.
Here’s why :
Good Design is Innovative
Never done before. ebay.com is one of the pioneer in e-commerce along with amazon.com (http://www.spirecast.com/history-of-e-commerce/)
Good Design Makes a Product Useful
At ebay.com, we can find almost anything, and we can also sell almost anything. We can buy anything we need in easy steps.
Good Design is Aesthetic
I think the simplicity in ebay.com design make it aesthetic.
Good Design Makes a Product Understandable
We can search to find what we like to buy. Also there are a number of categories to choose, to find items we like.
Good Design is Honest
Sellers have to write down the condition of their items. If the actual conditions don’t meet the written condition, the buyer can report it or write feedbacks. ebay.com has a money back guarantee service. There are also some refinements on the item search.
Good Design is Long-lasting
ebay.com has been on the web almost 20 years, and has established as a brand leader. Although, ebay.com has to find more innovations to keep on top.
Good Design is Thorough Down to the Last Detail
Every details has to be thought carefully and each has their own function or add value to other detail. There are buttons for everything at ebay.com. To search, to select, to buy, to bid, to report, to contact sellers etc.
Good Design is Environmentally Friendly
People doesn’t have to travel to buy anything anymore. The can buy items just by using internet. The sellers don’t have to print receive for customer when they sell something.
Good Design is as Little Design as Possible
Simple design. Every details are related to the search, or the item. The ebay.com mobile app also has a simple design.
One thing about Dieter Rams’ 10 Principles for Good Design that still get me a little bit confuse is
Good Design is Unobtrusive
Is a design has to be stand out?