Human Scale

All stories should be human scale, because meaning happens at human scale.

  • Statistics w/o human stories attached always fail to convey meaning.
  • All numbers ending in “illion” are functionally equivalent for the purpose of pursuasion

Design that ignores human scale will always fail.

  • This is often the critique leveled at high modernism. People aren’t platonic solids. See Brazil’s dazzling modernist capital.
  • What I love about Frank Lloyd Wright: his architecture is always human scale. It feels like you could live in it. Cozy.
  • Most of A Pattern Language is about designing cities at human scale.
  • Updated
    Oct 9, 2016