Design Principles
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Design Principles

Design Principles

It seems like a good model for design principles would reflect (metaphorically) our understanding of how things work. Some known things:

  • Increase in information reduces entropy, reducing information increases entropy
  • Entropy is a measure of the the effective/ineffective use of thermal energy (and thermal energy, by the way, is related to time)
  • Objects only reveal qualities of themselves when they’re in relation to another object


  1. A well-designed thing creates novel relationships between objects
  2. A well—designed thing shows us new qualities of the world, ourselves, or others that we had not seen beforehand
  3. And, a well-designed thing gives more information than the energy it takes.

From this perspective, decent design is a balance of: information vs entropy, energy, and qualities.