This note by @rnorgan has been hiding in the back of my mind for the last few months.
I am _constantly_ finding flaws in everything. From bad kerning* to door handles... I won't even enter a that shop in downtown SF that uses Comic Sans on their logo. Don't even get me started on café tables with those damned uneven legs.
When I (inevitably) observe these problems in front of others, I feel like a cynic. Why do I always have to fixate on negative things? But then I think about (or maybe even mention) the article, and it makes me think about it in a different way. I'm a designer, and it's my job to make the world better through design. If I can't identify bad design when I see it, how can I avoid it in my own work?
What's your take?