There are more than 10,000 designs for chairs, more then 10,000 designs for lighting, sofas, tables, buildings, cars. So what makes good design?
This question can not be answered didactically as if it were a mathematical equation and there truly was only one answer, I can tell you what I believe is penultimate design, which I will do shortly, but another designer will do the same but on their terms, based on his/her values.
I am not so concerned with the ultimate truth insofar as the one that makes the most sense to me, the funniest jokes are the ones that are so true, or make so much sense (“A guy came to me and said here look at this picture of me when I was younger … Every picture is of you when you were younger! Isn’t it about time somebody said that?” Mitch Hedburg. “I like how photos make you immediately reminisce( *snap* ‘aww look at us! We were so young’ ” Demetri Martin), the best economist are so because of their undeniable logic (Dr. Elinor Ostrom), maybe there is a penultimate design philosophy, but the issue is that even if there is one, you cannot convince the masses that this is the right way, no everybody do it. One should push as hard as they can, no doubt, hopefully it will be mainstream, but it will be a branch of design, but not all of it.
I will now share what my design philosophy is, which I established only after I saw the objects I found beautiful, and saw objects that other people found beautiful, and how ugly those objects were to me, and how different those people were to me. The first thing I appreciate in a design is it’s honesty, Louis Sullivan said “form follows function”, I agree that when you look at something, it should tell you something honest about it, the wires are here, the light bulb is there, the legs are connected with this beam. However, if all it does is tell the truth it can be dull, a bit of mystery is always fun, sometimes even a white lie.