Design of products, buildings, clothing, etc., has historically been largely a two-dimensional affair. The life of a new product starts when it gets sketched on a piece of paper (or on a computer screen, using CAD or other design programs). The specs then get fleshed out, a prototype is created, and the rest is history—unless there's a design flaw, where something in the basic design or sketch was “off.” Then it's back to the drawing board.
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