Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The bad workman

I'm starting to build prototypes for a project in articulate, a rapid prototyping tool, and I find that I'm modifying the design to accommodate the affordances of the program, and it struck me that in the old days craftsmanship meant knowing your tools and materials and extending your virtuosity to the limits of the medium defined by the combination.
Now we are advised to design without any particular tool in mind, as the constraints of a particular tool will limit your vision, and by the time you have developed mastery of the tool, that version will be out of date, and that company may already be out of business.

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