Fill in the blank (again)

~ 17 November 2005 ~

“Good Designers Decorate, Great Designers _______.”

Go.

 

128  Comments

Veer Veer: Visual Elements for Creatives.
Stock photography, type, and killer tees. Genuinely recommended by Authentic Boredom.

1   Chad ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:21 AM

Retire Early


2   Steven Woods ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:25 AM

Repeat Their Posts To Keep Their Visitors Occupied While They Themselves Get On With Earning Money

;)


3   Mike D. ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:39 AM

Procreate.


4   Bob ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:44 AM

Hibernate


5   DaveMo ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:44 AM

  • Masticate.
  • Expectorate.
  • Defecate.
  • Medicate
  • Master-
    er - write another great article for ALA.

Or…


6   Cameron Moll ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:45 AM

Heh, quite funny, Steven. I’d say there was a point to the last one, no? There just might be a point to this one, too…


7   Jason Santa Maria ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:47 AM

Communicate.


8   Rick Moore ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:48 AM

delineate


9   Brian Morris ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:55 AM

use Helvetica and avoid decorating all together?


10   Blair Millen ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:56 AM

consider embellishment


11   Steven Woosd ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:06 AM

Communicate!

Seriously - Jason Santa Maria is totally on the ball here … and it ties into an article I’m about to publish as soon as I get time to fix my speelign mitsakes!


12   Anton ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:09 AM

Integrate.


13   Drew McLellan ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:09 AM

Exterminate.


14   Karl G ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:10 AM

Mike D stole my answer.


15   Daniel Vogelzang ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:23 AM

Eliminate.

Eliminate the roadblocks.
Eliminate the non-essential.
Eliminate the hassles.
Eliminate the confusion.
Eliminate the fear.


16   dave texidor ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:24 AM

communicate. (effectively—which should go without saying). :-)


17   Will ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:24 AM

Discombobulate


18   Veerle Pieters ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:27 AM

Percolate.


19   kemie ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:35 AM

was also going to go for communicate, so i’ll settle for

connect


20   Dave Simon ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:37 AM

Ooh, I know this one, it’s either “realign” or “let their wives do it, to avoid a fight.”


21   Josh ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:44 AM

illuminate


22   Jeremy Fuksa ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:44 AM

Blend.
Innovate.
Enjoy a lovely cocktail.


23   MojoMark ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:50 AM

It doesn’t rhyme, but a great designer will…

architect a briliant foundation for growth


24   Joshua Kendall ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:53 AM

Educate?


25   Zac Kirby ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:56 AM

renovate


26   Jørgen Arnor Gårdsø Lom ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:57 AM

I want to say “drink a lot of coffee, and work long hours to get the job done” - but I think Jason is right about ‘communicate’…

And if he is, this is going to be yet another ‘Moll classic article’.


27   Peter ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:02 AM

Make me feel inferior? No no, seriously now, lets go with my favorite Super Troopers quote-word:

Enhance.


28   cpk ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:03 AM

…Sanguinate

But seriously folks:

Create Solutions

I would still vote for Jason’s entry though


29   Kim Siever ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:08 AM

Integrate.


30   Egor ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:13 AM

Simplify.


31   Phil Balchin ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:17 AM

“Tell the Good designers HOW to do the decorating”. Then write a book, which they’ll sell to the good designers about how to do new things like paint, wax and varnish.


32   Jake Pellegren ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:17 AM

Re-create …


33   Olly ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:20 AM

Educate.


34   John Dilworth ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:22 AM

DESIGN


35   Richard Medek ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:23 AM

Oh, no, you’re not getting me with this one again:

Good designers decorate, great designers post a fill-in-the-blanks type article, wait for awhile, then find a word no one’s picked yet and write an article for ALA.

Come on, don’t deny it… :)


36   Nik ~ 17 November 2005 at 11:34 AM

Continue hammering away at the ‘skeleton’ of the site? As in, the layout, etc.


37   Seth ~ 17 November 2005 at 12:02 PM

Remodel


38   Chris ~ 17 November 2005 at 12:08 PM

minimize.


39   Chris K ~ 17 November 2005 at 12:09 PM

This is beginning to sound like that INXS song from Kick. alleviate, designate, try not to hate…. everyone.


40   Nathan ~ 17 November 2005 at 12:38 PM

Recreate or communicate? I would bet money it ends in ate.


41   Cameron Moll ~ 17 November 2005 at 12:39 PM

Richard - Yes, exactly.


42   Scott ~ 17 November 2005 at 12:43 PM

Extrapolate. (To infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information.)

Okay, maybe not entirely accurate, but it sounds cool.


43   dave ~ 17 November 2005 at 12:51 PM

View-Source :)


44   Drew McLellan ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:09 PM

Associate.

As in, not only making visual items work together, but also make associations with the experiences or feelings that the viewer/user has encountered before. Both on a technical and a creative level.


45   Steve Woods ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:12 PM

dave++

heh!


46   Alen ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:17 PM

Redecorate?


47   Tony ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:18 PM

Matriculate.

(Hey, nearly all the other good -ate words were taken!)


48   Caleb ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:20 PM

Incorperate


49   Caleb ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:22 PM

allow me to correct my spelling please….

incorporate


50   Dustin Diaz ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:32 PM

Masturbate.

- I’m sorry, but that was just the first thing that came to mind. I hope we can all take a joke.


51   Clint C ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:32 PM

Duplicate


52   Dx ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:39 PM

Suffer from dementia


53   Jonathan Fenochi ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:41 PM

Simplify? Detail? Dream? Discover?


54   Stephen Collins ~ 17 November 2005 at 01:59 PM

Pontificate


55   Lanny Heidbreder ~ 17 November 2005 at 02:07 PM

Josh (Comment #21) has it. Illuminate.

Brilliant.

(Incidentally, Cameron, your copyright date Roman numeral at the bottom is 11 months out of date. Unless you meant to refer to the original year of the design. Unless this design is older than 2004, in which case it’s still out of date.)


56   Cameron Moll ~ 17 November 2005 at 02:16 PM

Ugh. Can’t believe I still haven’t fixed that. Thanks.


57   Chip D ~ 17 November 2005 at 02:17 PM

stay up too late?
satisfy their mate?
charge an ungawdly rate?
put Stan in a crate?


58   Nils T. Devine ~ 17 November 2005 at 02:17 PM

Guide.

And to fuel the tangent, Google Search: 2005 in roman numerals. Anybody else in constant awe of Google’s calculator?


59   Dennis West ~ 17 November 2005 at 02:43 PM

Remodel.


60   Paul Groves ~ 17 November 2005 at 02:47 PM

think.


61   Carl Peterson ~ 17 November 2005 at 02:49 PM

expectorate


62   Wilson Miner ~ 17 November 2005 at 02:49 PM

use drop shadows.


63   Nathan Smith ~ 17 November 2005 at 03:04 PM

I dunno, but since the last one rhymed (redesign / realign), that’s where my money is. something “-create” :)


64   Matt ~ 17 November 2005 at 03:24 PM

Dessimate? use white phosphorous.

Although more likely, Renovate.


65   Jordan ~ 17 November 2005 at 03:27 PM

Good designers decorate, great designers…
Create.


Full stop.


66   Matthew ~ 17 November 2005 at 03:33 PM

rearange


67   monkeyinabox ~ 17 November 2005 at 03:53 PM

DON’T


68   Steve Williams ~ 17 November 2005 at 04:25 PM

‘Good Designers Decorate, Great Designers Simplify.’

Now all I need are a few ‘great designer’ pills and I’d be sorted :-)


69   m2 ~ 17 November 2005 at 05:32 PM

…innovate


70   Jim Renaud ~ 17 November 2005 at 06:03 PM

Fornicate


71   Jim Renaud ~ 17 November 2005 at 06:05 PM

Seriously though… they have fun and design because they have passion to create things and solve people’s problems.

I design because I don’t want to do anything else. People will forgive many things if you try hard and communicate passion.

All the technical mumbo will come…


72   Martin Murtonen ~ 17 November 2005 at 07:01 PM

Position.


73   Jason ~ 17 November 2005 at 07:30 PM

Run away.


74   YaaL ~ 17 November 2005 at 07:59 PM

Extrapolate? I’d go for “communicate”, but it’s already taken \:

But seriously, do we need another buzzword?


75   bob ~ 17 November 2005 at 08:12 PM

Hallucinate
Dessegregate
Mediate
Alleviate
Try not to hate

Love your mate
Don’t suffocate on your own hate
Designate your love as fate
A one world state
As human freight
The number eight
A white black state
A gentle trait
The broken crate
A heavy weight
Or just too late
Like pretty Kate has sex ornate
Now devastate
Appreciate
Depreciate
Fabricate
Emulate
The truth dilate
Special date
The animal we ate
Guilt debate
The edge serrate
A better rate
The youth irate
Deliberate

Fascinate
Deviate
Reinstate
Liberate
To moderate
Recreate
Or detonate
Annihiliate
Atomic fate

Mediate
Clear the state
Activate
Now radiate
A perfect state
Food on plate
Gravitate
The Earth’s own weight
Designate your love as fate
At ninety-eight we all rotate

Hallucinate
Dessegregate
Mediate
Alleviate
Try not to hate

Love your mate
Don’t suffocate on your own hate
Designate your love as fate
A one world state
As human freight
The number eight
A white black state
A gentle trait
The broken crate

A heavy weight
Or just too late
Like pretty Kate has sex ornate

Now devastate
Appreciate
Depreciate
Fabricate
Emulate
The truth dilate
Special date
The animals we ate
Guilt debate
The edge serrate
A better rate
The youth irate
Deliberate
Fascinate
Deviate
Reinstate

Liberate
Liberate
Liberate
Liberate


76   Ara Pehlivanian ~ 17 November 2005 at 08:16 PM

Create.


77   Sherwin Techico ~ 17 November 2005 at 08:55 PM

I’m w/ DaveMo and Richard. Can’t wait for the next article.


78   Nick Cowie ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:08 PM

wait impatiently for the next article from other great or better designers


79   quinn ~ 17 November 2005 at 09:33 PM

articulate.

You know I need to learn English. This is something I really need as a web guy.


80   frst ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:12 PM

illustrate


81   hank ~ 17 November 2005 at 10:34 PM

decoupage :p


82   Jakob S ~ 18 November 2005 at 01:18 AM

Copulate?
Street-skate?
Comment-bait? ;)


83   Demos ~ 18 November 2005 at 02:02 AM

That probably should be “steal” (saw the article under Articles) ;-)


84   Pascal ~ 18 November 2005 at 02:21 AM

give attention to detail


85   Stuart ~ 18 November 2005 at 02:48 AM

procrastinate?


86   Danny ~ 18 November 2005 at 03:22 AM

…strip all the abundant stuff?


87   pete ~ 18 November 2005 at 05:26 AM

imitate?


88   bzikofski ~ 18 November 2005 at 05:51 AM

..say it’s great.


89   dubel ~ 18 November 2005 at 06:21 AM

…construct.

(Reflecting off the old “are you constructing decoration or decorating construction?” debate.)


90   Steve Erwin ~ 18 November 2005 at 07:27 AM

steal your house.


91   Josh Lavin ~ 18 November 2005 at 07:46 AM

…desecrate?


92   Sally Carson ~ 18 November 2005 at 07:49 AM

Defecate was already taken, so…

…ask “why?”


93   Jason Watts ~ 18 November 2005 at 07:54 AM

Care.

Oh, no, wait. That’s for the “Creatives …” post.


94   mark wallis ~ 18 November 2005 at 08:54 AM

collaborate …


95   sosa ~ 18 November 2005 at 10:33 AM

Find a synonymous for “decorate” and make writes articles about that.


96   pete ~ 18 November 2005 at 10:36 AM

but seriously, i’m thinking either innovate or relate.


97   cake ~ 18 November 2005 at 11:42 AM

buy Porsche!


98   Darren ~ 18 November 2005 at 12:15 PM

I don’t know exactly what the word will be, but I bet it will be something along the lines of not being focused only with style. Design is more than just decoration.


99   Jens Meiert ~ 18 November 2005 at 02:08 PM

…come too late.


100   Sean Sperte ~ 18 November 2005 at 03:16 PM

(Staying on the rhyming band-wagon:)

Celebrate.


101   Alain ~ 18 November 2005 at 05:17 PM

Defenestrate.

As in, “The great designer decided to defenestrate the good designer, since all he could do was decorate.”


102   Paul ~ 18 November 2005 at 08:23 PM

regenerate their header image. Down with the Dukes!


103   nortypig ~ 18 November 2005 at 10:09 PM

express


104   Neil ~ 18 November 2005 at 10:18 PM

Empathize.


105   James AkaXakA ~ 19 November 2005 at 06:07 AM

‘Good Designers Decorate, Great Designers!’


106   Andy ~ 19 November 2005 at 06:26 AM

Sorry, but only crappy designers decorate.


107   Andrew Hollister ~ 19 November 2005 at 08:12 AM

steal


108   Jules ~ 19 November 2005 at 09:06 AM

Anyone try reading Bob’s comment (#75) without falling into a RAP rhythm?

I like both “communicate” and “illuminate”.


109   Bob ~ 19 November 2005 at 10:06 AM

That’s because it’s an INXS song… maybe a little before your time. ;-) And that makes me feel REALLY old…


110   Jeff ~ 19 November 2005 at 10:57 AM

Great designers advocate, of course.


111   peter ~ 19 November 2005 at 03:08 PM

great designers fascinate


112   Nicolas ~ 19 November 2005 at 05:08 PM

Delegate.

;-)


113   Brandon ~ 19 November 2005 at 09:37 PM

Inspirate


114   sunshine ~ 20 November 2005 at 10:33 AM

I’m with frst (80) on illustrate. This is like studying for the GRE all over again.

Inspirate (113) rocks though. :)


115   Michał Fikus ~ 20 November 2005 at 12:50 PM

Copy :)

I’m not skilled enough in english to find a good word but I mean using best solutions founded in the web.


116   olive ~ 20 November 2005 at 02:45 PM

illustrate


117   Rodrigo ~ 20 November 2005 at 06:55 PM

Just do some make up? :D


118   Roper ~ 20 November 2005 at 09:06 PM

effectuate.


119   Steven Woods ~ 21 November 2005 at 03:23 AM

exfoliate.


120   Steven Woods ~ 21 November 2005 at 03:25 AM

ERADICATE others :D


121   emma ~ 21 November 2005 at 04:45 AM

Play


122   Territan ~ 21 November 2005 at 06:13 AM

“Good Designers Decorate, Great Designers Accentuate.”

I’m going to take a wild guess that this’ll be another “less is more” piece. Perhaps contrasting adding points of unimportant interest to a page versus highlighting existing important points of interest? If so, I look forward to it.

And if not, well, I’ll still look forward to it.


123   Andrew ~ 21 November 2005 at 03:03 PM

“Good Designers Decorate, Great Designers… Finished that project along time ago.”

A Great designer communicates the necessary ideas effictively and immediately, which allows them time to go back and work on the small intricate details, which in turn make them a Great designer. it’s all cyclical.


124   Kevin McCaul ~ 28 November 2005 at 10:01 AM

get mentioned in Cameron Moll’s Authentic Boredom.


125   unclesam ~ 05 December 2005 at 03:36 AM

Do not


126   Brandon ~ 06 December 2005 at 11:33 AM

Read blogs?


127   Johnathan Chandler ~ 06 December 2005 at 06:14 PM

Reinvent


128   Benoit Brookens ~ 11 December 2005 at 02:22 PM

Fabricate.




About

Authentic Boredom is the platitudinous web home of Cameron Moll, freelance new media designer, author, and speaker. More…


Jobs
Come in, we're hiring

Full-time and freelance job opportunities. Post a job...

...view all jobs »


Recently

A selection of fine reading, available for a limited time only: