Ah. I see I need to expand on what I think of as "moosh". I fear that my use of that word sounded judgmental. I understand. It is my own word and does sound a little negative. But that is not how I mean it.
It is not about representational vs. non-representational. It is not about "neat and tidy." It is not about good and bad. I think it is about resolution as much as anything. About crisp edges or blurred edges and depth or flatness. Transparency and opacity. Definitely about contrast. Apples and oranges, not better or best. And just to be clear, again, I like it all,and what intrigues me the most when solving my own problems, is more toward the crisp and clear and graphic as opposed to the mooshy and complex. But what I make is not entirely without a bit of moosh.
To demonstrate I did some little samples in Photoshop. Simple stuff, not for real. Here is extreme crisp and graphic, sans moosh:
For those who crave a bit more texture, less structure, more moosh:
And even more:
See? The first design has gotten mooshed around, hopefully in a good way, and becomes something altogether different.
I hope that clears that up. Probably it doesn't.