Two big issues always hover around the concept of "design". The first is, What is design? the second is, What is good design?. While this issues of good design is a pressing question today, we should remember that "good design" is also a phrase from the past that carries a mixed message. Good design is a form of respect. Good dessign requires more vision (a larger point of view versus the single brilliant idea), more consistancy (a deeper underlying structure of language and form versus the simple, uniform application of visual elements) and more patience persistence over time versus creative authoritarianism.
In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's the physical outfit plus cosmetics. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive way which creates an experience that is both delightful and relevant to the human being. Good design amaze us, scare us or delight us but certainly open us to new worlds that within our daily existance.