What is Good Design?

Good design is functional, practical, simple and beautiful. To me, if I can logically answer "Why did the designer put this here?" on various aspects of the design, then it is designed well. The object must be well-thought out and excellent for it's function.

I have spent some time thinking about what makes good design this week and have found three objects around my house that I consider to be designed well.

As a small disclaimer, I didn't realize how difficult it would be to find three well-designed objects around my house. The objects that didn't qualify all had issues that could be improved. Specifically, some aspects of the design could have been removed completely or changed for easier use.

Well designed objects: