Decisions, decisions … I think it is safe to assume that a lot more brain power and thought has gone into all kinds of design decisions that people don’t even know about. Just the other day, I was assembling a new IKEA wardrobe for our kids’ room, when I was blown away by the ingeniousness of some aspects of the design. I didn’t even need a screwdriver anymore for that thing, except for the hinges. Click, snap, boom, you have a drawer! I really appreciate these little moments, when I notice some piece of industrial design and it makes me think about how smart the person was, who came up with the idea, and how he or she saved untold numbers of people maybe just a couple of minutes each, but made the world a little bit of a better place by doing so. And don’t even get me started on things like electronics or medicine. Besides all the things that are wrong with the world, I think more things go right and we do live in glorious times.
Anyway, to get back to today’s strip: In contrast, I wonder how many and which design decisions were actually made totally arbitrarily, and just got continued by sheer momentum or inertia. I just can’t come up with an example at the drop of the hat, but there must be tons of examples for those out there too, right?