Monday, May 26, 2008

Dear Designers,

I am "watching" HGTV while I clean the office. Most of the time my back is to the TV, but I do watch the parts that are interesting. And mostly listen and mock. Everyone.

I have written about how I feel about the term "glammy," but this is worse:


Designers keep using it to describe someone else's work, and even worse, their own.

Because I am one to never let an opportunity to quote The Princess Bride pass,

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Simple is good. Simplistic is not so good.


Tim said...

In my field it is the use of the word "programmatically" when what they mean is mechanized or automated.

AlaneM said...

I don't know how you can stand to read my posts. I'm sure I misspell a lot & I like to make up my own words sometimes.
You english teachers, sheesh!

Kate said...

Tim- I am confused how they would even use that.

AlaneM- Have you read mine?? A nightmare. (Sentence fragment) No worries--I don't judge my friends.

Kate said...

P.S. And I watched/listened to WAY too many hours of HGTV this weekend and heard the same things over and over again. I should write a completely different post about the terms Zen, Moroccan, and Tuscan when used in decorating shows.

Tim said...

"We are going to have the website send the users confirmation emails programatically."

My big cheese with HGTV is when they use modern completely wrong. Like:

"I want something really modern, like a tuscan theme."