Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Is it a scientific calculation of symmetry? Is it harmonious or complimentary colours?  Is beauty perhaps rooted in our ancestor’s appreciation of the skilled execution of hunting tools?

This is the angle taken in Denis Dutton's Darwinian Theory of Beauty as seen in this awesome TED video.

It inspires the question: what is beautiful design?

The first example that comes to my mind is Denis Dutton's lecture itself. He engages the audience using intricate animations to illustrate his talk. According to Dutton’s lecture, my appreciation might stem from beautiful cave paintings...

What do you think beauty is? Share an example of beautiful design with us!

 

3 comments




by Jon Gel

I’ve always thought this scene to be beautiful
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGWU4QhJ4L8

It seems to be showing the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi; the observation and noticing of aesthetic beauty in simple everyday things, particularly through the natural processes of time and aging.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi
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11.29.2010

by Eleanor

That scene had a profound affect on me too. It seemed really pivotal in film.

I didn’t know there was a description of appreciation for simple natural beauty. ...do you think watching wassabi dissolve into soy sauce fits that category?

11.30.2010

by Jon Gel

the wassabi/soy sauce combo is beautiful in so many ways
its got to be what they named the whole thing after
:)

11.30.2010

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