You are messing aesthetics with public acceptance, markets and sales. I am just talking about aesthetics.
We all know that bad taste products, even kitsch stuff can be very succesful in terms of sales. So what?
@kgt - You said "So what?" Colnago is in the business of selling bicycles - that is the "so what".
I am certainly not "messing" aesthetics and sales. They overlap in the real world - the more they overlap, the more successful the product is in terms of sales and appeal. I am not complicating anything more than what actually happens in reality. Treating aesthetics singularly on the other hand is more of an academic exercise and I am more than familiar too with this concept.
Even if we treat this academically, I still cannot accept that there can only be one set of universal guidelines that define whether a product is in good taste or not. Being Asian and with daily experience with so many diverse cultures in this part of the world, I struggle to find a set of universally accepted rules defining aesthetic taste. It is common to find different ethnicities poking fun at each other - be it cultural differences, art forms or even what constitutes a joke.
So my point is not to so quickly dismiss things as in bad taste - certainly not just because it does not conform to certain rules and design principles that you subscribe to in your part of the world or training. I would rather be much more embracing to the rich diversity that exists in this world. Certain designs look really cool to certain cultures, others find the same designs offensive. That is the essence of diversity and tolerance should be the universally accepted ethos.
Oh yes, please do not next accuse me of messing aesthetics with diversity. I am in fact highlighting that there is diversity in the definition of aesthetics.
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