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I finished Designed for Use by Lukas Mathis and I'm in the middle of Design for Hackers by David Kadavy, and both state precisely the opposite: designing can be learned, and with sufficient training anyone can achieve good, even great design. Awesome design is something else entirely but saying that "only a few" can reach the top is a tautology.

> The definition from good design has shifted from good looking to being good itself.

Ever since Dieter Rams [0] design has never been about "good looking" as an end in itself. In fact aesthetics is almost a byproduct of good design.

[0] http://www.vitsoe.com/en/gb/about/dieterrams/gooddesign

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