Why Scoble Is Wrong
So, I’m a bit late to join the party. But heck, it was a busy week and
I only got a chance to dig through my RSS feeds this weekend. It seems Scoble
thinks design is useless, eh? Big deal. While I don’t care much for
Scoble’s views on the matter, I do however care about design as a fundamental
part of daily life.
Reading his rant against design I pictured Scoble at the movies: “Uhmm,
no thanks, dialogue transcripts will do, pictures are just embellishment of
data, don’t need that”. Surreal. Yet, he’s saying exactly
that in his post.
Jumping into the field of information management, theory holds that there’s
an unambiguous distinction between data and information. However, my purpose
is not to debate theoretical details, but present an analogous concept applicable
to design. Moreover the difference between data and content should be noted.
In essence content is (re-)packaged data.
Scoble is clearly data oriented. For Scoble the package (or wrapping) in which
data is delivered plays an inferior or even detrimental role. I’d like
to remind people that data as such is useless. To become both convenient and
effective data requires to be interpreted to fit human processing. Whether,
in the end, design is good or bad is a subjective matter, prone to hefty (unproductive?)
debates. But arguing design or aesthetics are not required is bogus.
Next time Scoble boots up Windows, he should be reminded of the fact that some
folks at Microsoft spent a considerable amount of time designing its interface.
Oh wait, maybe we should get rid of that too, it’s just a nuisance, right?
Design matters! More than
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