Definitions

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  • n. A form of architectural design based around certain accentuated features.

Etymologies

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feature +‎ -ism, coined by architect Robin Boyd in his book The Australian Ugliness (1960).

Examples

  • Boyd took aim at the unsightliness of post-war Australian suburban design, and what he described as its vulgar featurism: the gauche decorations, brick veneers and fussy stylistic embellishments that disfigured cul-de-sacs across the land.

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  • Can be seen as an argument against creeping featurism, but it's more about who sees what.

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  • How creeping featurism has helped GNU Emacs gain unanticipated functionality

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  • HTML 5 is beginning to suffer from creeping featurism.

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  • Linux suffers from creeping featurism in its layers of audio APIs, it started with OSS, a straightforward API based on files, then came ALSA, a wildly complex API with broken documentation in a wiki you can’t edit, and an architecture that somehow means only one OSS application can write sound at a time.

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  • The use of planned obsolescence is not always easy to pinpoint, and it is complicated by related problems, such as competing technologies or creeping featurism which expands functionality in newer product versions. "

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