It's High Time for Good Design

It's no secret that cannabis is a nascent industry that serious business people are coming to view as a veritable helicopter ticket to the top of Money Mountain. That alone doesn't give existing cannabis artists and product designers license to ignore the principles of good design. 

Though there are many players in the cannabis space sharing great design with the ever-growing community in favor of the plant, their work is still overshadowed by stigmas largely upheld through the poor design choices that've characterized this space for at least the last few decades. 

Because "design" connotes the kind of abstraction that many people find unapproachable, let's explore the best of cannabis design using acclaimed industrial designer Deter Rams's 10 Principles of Good Design as a qualitative metric. 

If you need a remedial lesson on Rams's good design principles (or don't know anything about good design and want to learn), let's review:

  1. Good design is innovative
  2. Good design makes a product useful
  3. Good design is aesthetic
  4. Good design makes a product understandable
  5. Good design is unobtrusive
  6. Good design is honest
  7. Good design is long-lasting
  8. Good design is thorough down to the last detail
  9. Good design is environmentally friendly
  10. Good design is as little design as possible. 

Check back as we highlight the players doing good design work in the cannabis space. And if you're a cannabis designer considering solutions to the proliferation of bad design, we're looking forward to elevating the aesthetics of function together.