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Teach Design: Think Dumb

How designers are introducing the idea of “simple” to a group of high school students.


“People who think that small (dumb) things don’t matter have never slept in a room with a mosquito.”This is the mantra I’ve always used with my university students. It gets their attention, and it's a good way to look at the world we inhabit and the things we create. I don’t mean to be pedantic, but simple is just too complicated. We’ve all heard the saying “simplicity isn’t simple,” so to make things simple, I call simple “dumb.”