Most of the decisions – personal, professional, or otherwise – we make concerning our surroundings are based on price, and possibly, functionality. This goes for shopping centers, restaurants, automobiles, home fixtures, you name it.
Try to make one decision this week based on how something is designed. Visit a store for no other reason than how it makes you feel. Look at the texture of an item or the way an item accomplishes it’s function, rather than simply that it does. Try to see things as a series of relationships, rather than a mash-up of disparate individuals.
There should be value in good design, but you have to practice how to recognize it. Look everywhere around you for evidence of the alternative.