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  • noun derogatory 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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  • 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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  • How creeping featurism has helped GNU Emacs gain unanticipated functionality

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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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  • How creeping featurism has helped GNU Emacs gain unanticipated functionality

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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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