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> From: Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:elharo@metalab.unc.edu] 
> Honestly, I don't know. I'm, not a car person. I don't think I've 
> driven either. However, the claim was made that the Buick is easier 
> to drive. Assuming that's true, on what grounds would you claim that 
> the Mercedes is better designed? especially in an industrial design 
> sense as opposed to a graphic design sense? Are there any criteria 
> that outweigh ease-of-use?

Well you can apply ergonomics to measure ease of use and various
'ilities' as we call them in this business. But the problem is choosing
the criteria in the first place. This is much the same problem as
Alexander had; nice ideas but why those criteria? His criteria would be
very different to those of Le Corbusier and Buckminster Fuller and going
back to industrial design, Henry Dreyfuss, NASA or USAF. It’s
interesting we seem to like Alexander's criteria more than others.

Bill de hÓra 



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