The Elegance of Imperfection by David Sherwin
A brief quote:
The simplicity of wabi-sabi is best described as the state of grace arrived at by a sober, modest, heartfelt intelligence. The main strategy of this intelligence is economy of means. Pare down to the essence, but donâ€™t remove the poetry. Keep things clean and unencumbered, but donâ€™t sterilize. (Things that are wabi-sabi are emotionally warm, never cold.) Usually this implies a limited palette of materials. It also means keeping conspicuous features to a minimum. But it doesnâ€™t mean removing the invisible connective tissue that somehow binds the elements into a meaningful whole.
Sherwin explains ways to infuse a sense of “heart” and thus wabi-sabi into typically cold, code-based digital constructions like websites, software, etc. He also describes a “taxonomy of elegance” per Jeremy Alexis of IIT (whom I previously criticized in a prior posting re: the role of intuition :-) However, the taxonomy while nicely thought-out, does curiously map to the logos/ethos/pathos rhetorical frameworks from Dick Buchanan, which I find fascinating and further evidence that all designs consist of same core elements no matter what it’s called.