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Design is…

Design is compromise

Two rows of circles at the top of the frame and two rows of diamonds at the bottom, with the word ‘compromise’ sat in the middle.
Illustration: Max Randall

Design is compromise. As a unique human endeavour, imbued with all the complexities of our species, it is about discovering the most appropriate solution within a fog of differing constraints, opinions and desires. The compromise therefore, lies somewhere between the world we wish for, and the one we currently inhabit.