The current obsession over Pixel Perfect products. And how ‘imperfections’ can make our designs more human.
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Long ago, there lived a priest who was in charge of a quaint, lush garden. The priest loved his garden very much and tended carefully to its shrubs, trees & colorful flowers. Next to the garden was an old Buddhist temple where an equally old Zen Master lived.
One day, the priest was expecting some special guests. So he got up early and, with an added meticulousness, trimmed the shrubs, pulled out the weeds, watered the flowers and even carefully arranged all the dry n’ fallen leaves. The Zen Master was sitting idly by watching all this action. When the priest was done, he stood back admiring his own work. “Isn’t it so perfect!”, he said. “Yes”, commented the Master, “but still.. something is missing. Help me get up and I’ll put it right for you.”
The priest helped him get up rather hesitatingly. The Master walked slowly and deliberately towards the tree at the garden’s center. He grabbed the tree-trunk and shook it. Dry and not-so-dry leaves, mature and not-so-mature flowers fell down haphazardly all over the garden. “There!”, said the Master, “that’s what it was missing”.