George Nelson defines Good Design

“The purpose of good design is to ornament existence, not to substitute for it.”

George Nelson, “Good Design: What is it for?”, Problems of Design (New York:  Whitney Library of Design, 1957) 8-14. From Design and Art, edited by Alex Coles.

George Nelson is one of the great designers of the 20th century. Along with Charles and Ray Eames, he is a father of American modernism. He was trained as an architect at Yale in the 1920’s. Because of the Great Depression he was not able to develop an active architectural practice. He turned instead to product design, graphic design and teaching. He is best known for his work with Herman Miller Company designing the Marshmallow Sofa

and Clocks.


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