24 Nov

I had a privilege of meeting (in a group obviously,where I was merely a presence) and hearing a billionaire last month (not bragging just establishing the credentials of the gentleman). We (the group) were discussing various things, when the discussion veered towards design and I quote what he said…
“The hardest thing to achieve in a design is simplicity. Simplicity takes effort and much more detailed thinking than a complex design. But simplicity sometimes is also harder to appreciate than a complex design. But the effort of the creator should always be to achieve simplicity. But there is another dynamic in a design, specially for public buildings, which is local sensibility. In such a case you cannot ignore the local sensibility and sense of design even if means sacrificing simplicity. India is a great example, in India people appreciate monuments, structure, for them design is an art form and sensibility is guided by the structures they have been exposed to; intricately carved temples, art forms etc. It would be difficult for the masses in India to enjoy anything that is simple. People might see simple as boring”
Just FYI, gentleman is 36 years old.

3 Responses to “Design”

  1. Sue December 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm #


    It’s not funny how profound that that quote was.

    Confucious like!

    Seriously, it is true that Indians find simplicity boring sometimes, even if it practical and the need of the hour.

    A diversion, is this billionaire single? ( I dare to ask cheeky questions because I know you never reply to comments. Aha!)

  2. Fictitioustruth December 2, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    i was hoping he was gay so that i could get a chance to seduce him. but he turned out to be hetro and married.

  3. Sue December 12, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    and you replied … yaay! 🙂

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