This week’s post is about about how alignment in design helps people connect from one thing to another with as little disruption as possible. One would also say that it directs us to the next thing that we need to see or where we need to go.
What on earth is meant by this? Here is an example: I visit this building almost every week and I cannot help but notice the blue ethernet cable attached to the electrician’s conduit with zip ties. This is an old building and often the wiring for our newer technologies must be fastened directly to the wall. The treatment of the electrician’s conduit hugging the wall is, in my opinion, kind of charming in an old-building-getting-modernized kind of way. For this instance the stumble came when the cable person installed the ethernet cable—an effort of efficiency for the sake of brevity. In other words, doing this the quickest way possible without thinking through the best option for the sake of beauty.
Aligning the blue cable to the conduit in the most obscure way keeps the wiring addition in chameleon mode, instead of looking like an after thought. Even if we can see a little of it, at least it looks like someone cared enough to disguise it as much as possible.
This brings me to one more thought. If we understood why design principles are worth adhering to, we would better understand what it means to be proud of our work and respect our craft. It is not complicated to do, it is just knowing what to do.