Twelve-Word Tuesday: Viridian Design

On Twelve-Word Tuesdays, I introduce a concept, piece of media, or other thing I want to comment on, then sum it up or review it in Twelve Words (hence the name). I’ll link to the original source material, if applicable/possible, and to some more detailed analysis of it, again, if available.

This is something I can do quickly, yet still add some value of my own, beyond just being an aggregator.

I got the idea for Twelve Word Reviews after watching the first two episodes of Game of Thrones, a show that both Katherine and I found too dark and brutal for our tastes (though the production was well-done). I summed up my reaction in twelve words, “Horrible people doing horrible things to each other. With cussing. And nudity.” And while I know that’s a bit of an oversimplification of a well-loved and award-winning series, the concept stuck.

So, back to Viridian Design

“Choose high-quality versions of the things you use most. Minimize the rest.”

Bruce Sterling details his philosophy of Viridian Design in “The Last Note.” Unfortunately, Sterling took the “viridian” part a little too far in his web design, and the article is terribly hard to read (black text on a green background? Really?).

But have no fear. Open the page in Firefox, choose “View,” then “Page Style,” then “No Style.” All that green background mess will go away, leaving a nice, clean, legible page.

Viridian design involves (and attempts to integrate) minimalism, sustainability, and quality of life. You can read more commentary at Lifehacker, “Rethink Your Stuff: What to Splurge On, What to Toss,” and GreenBiz, “Viridian Design and Rethinking Our Relationship with ‘Stuff.’

This video, “The Story of Stuff,” covers some of the same general ground as Sterling. Minimalism as a concept fascinates me, because it is the very opposite of my own tendencies.

Although I’ll probably never actually undertake minimalism per se, I do like the Viridian ideal of getting quality versions of the things you actually use frequently and getting rid of the things you just sort of have but never seem to use.

 

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