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We had a great sail this weekend along Long Island Sound and one of the guests aboard the boat made this interesting comment: "Sailboats are so pleasing to the eye because they work with nature. The billowing main sail, the tightly stretched jib, and the line of the hull are all designed to take advantage of the wind and the water and to work in harmony with them." Then he added (no offense to powerboat owners here), "And the reason powerboats seem so brutish and un-sleek is that they are designed to fight the forces of nature."
The same is true of so many types of design. Buildings that blend with the landscape are often lovely. Cars designed to minimize resistance just seem to work. Clothing that follows the proportions of the body hangs well and draws compliments.

 


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