Beautiful Practical Things

well loved objects & field-tested systems

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Life is too short to not live it sweetly.

For me, that means surrounding myself with objects that are both beautiful and useful.

It also means creating effective systems that minimize friction, so I can get through the bullshit of life intact.

I think that is beautiful, too.

BEAUTIFUL PRACTICAL THINGS: THE CRITERIA
– Brings me joy to look at it and use it
– Reminds me of a special memory, idea, or sense of myself
– Performs its function effectively
– Built to last, with quality materials and construction
– Easy to care for, clean, and repair

BEAUTIFUL PRACTICAL SYSTEMS: THE CRITERIA
– Brings me joy to look at it and use it
– Intuitive to implement and use
– Capitalizes on existing habits
– Easy to search for items (automatically indexes)
– Minimizes the friction of annoying or exhausting tasks
– Minimizes future decision making