I was walking in the Forest a while back and listening to an audio rip of a course by Adi Purdilla from Net tuts. He is not really the most inspirational of tutors, however he knows his stuff I guess. Whilst listening to him talk all about how he does what he does ( design web sites that is ) I suddenly had a moment of realisation. As I looked around at the forest , the never ending chaotic patterns of the trees, the leaf litter, the fallen wood. I realised what ‘design’ is at the most fundamental level. Design, is communication. A record of ordered purposeful thought patterns. As Bear Grylls fans will know, a man made pattern sticks out like a sore thumb in nature. Community is the human advantage and visual communication is another channel for achieving that experience.