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If you’d asked me this question two years ago, I might have pointed to a tablecloth with a recurring floral pattern, making the rookie mistake of writing off design as appearance.
Design solves problems and by extension, design patterns solve recurring problems. Just as artists, scientists and mathematician draw inspiration from and build upon the work of their predecessors, design patterns are beneficial to designers. There’s a lot of time for other things when you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
This is of help to users as well, since they don’t need to spend extra