Because everyone does it

Reading the excellent article on (well, against) the hamburger menu made me realise there is a huge trap (or emergency exit to some) in any discussion on design (or standards, rules, behaviour … pick your favourite) — one phrase will stop the flow of creativity and divert the focus from the original objective.

“Because everyone does it” is a cheap double-edged sword to underline your point in lack of a better (if any) argument.

“Because everyone does it”, when not ignored, is the simplest way without offending someone personally to bring  any discussion to a new level. Yet down, not up.

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