The Joy of Design Constraints (10 Jun 2005)
Good ol’ design constraints. They definitely keep life interesting. On good days, they are important drivers for innovation because of their ability to clearly outline what is not possible–subsequently giving shape to what is possible. On bad days, they can become the designers worst enemy: derailing design direction or collapsing the solution space to an unworkable singularity.
So how can we have mostly good days? One instructive way is to understand how things can go awry.
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