Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Taste For Makers

1. Identify the thesis statement of this essay.
Instead of treating beauty as an airy abstraction, to be either blathered about or avoided depending on how one feels about airy abstractions, let's try considering it as a practical question: how do you make good stuff?

2. Identify at least 3 points the author uses to support that thesis.
-instead of telling you how everything looks, she tells her story so well that you envision the scene for yourself. Likewise, a painting that suggests is usually more engaging than one that tells. Everyone makes up their own story about the Mona Lisa.

-In architecture and design, this principle means that a building or object should let you use it how you want: a good building, for example, will serve as a backdrop for whatever life people want to lead in it, instead of making them live as if they were executing a program written by the architect.
- It's not so much that resembling nature is intrinsically good as that nature has had a long time to work on the problem. It's a good sign when your answer resembles nature's.
-Mistakes are natural. Instead of treating them as disasters, make them easy to acknowledge and easy to fix.

3. If you were to write an essay on the same topic, but with an opposing argument, what would your thesis be?

A good design is dependant on personal taste.

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