Monthly Archives: October 2008

There’s no better way to create experience than to write, and write well

“It’s time we designers stop thinking of ourselves as merely pixel people, and start thinking of ourselves as the creators of experiences. And when it comes to experience on the web, there’s no better way to create it than to write, and write well.” - Derek Powazek

“It’s time we designers stop thinking of ourselves as merely pixel people, and start thinking of ourselves as the creators of experiences. And when it comes to experience on the web, there’s no better way to create it than to write, and write well.” – Derek Powazek

Read Derek’s article “Calling All Designers: Learn to Write!” here.

Design is a way of changing life and influencing the future

“Design is about demonstrating how beautiful something can be. It has a very profound quality. Design is a way of changing life and influencing the future.” – Sir Ernest Hall

Quote retrieved from this collection of design quotes.

What is web design?

“Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity.” - Jeffrey Zeldman

“Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity.” – Jeffrey Zeldman

Read Jeffrey’s article “Understanding Web Design here.

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Usability really just means making sure that something works well

“Usability really just means making sure that something works well: that a person of average (or even below average) ability and experience can use the thing - whether it’s a web site, remote control, or revolving door - for its intended purpose without getting hopelessly frustrated.” - Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

“Usability really just means making sure that something works well: that a person of average (or even below average) ability and experience can use the thing – whether it’s a web site, remote control, or revolving door – for its intended purpose without getting hopelessly frustrated.” – Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

Pick up Steve’s book Don’t Make Me Think for a common sense approach to usability.

Visual design can move people into meaningful interactions

“In our vast search-driven Web, visual design can help people move beyond first impressions and into meaningful interactions.” - Luke Wroblewski

“In our vast search-driven Web, visual design can help people move beyond first impressions and into meaningful interactions.” – Luke Wroblewski

Read Luke’s article “Communicate Quick: First Impressions Through Visual Web Design,” published by UIE.

Somebody made a decision about everything. And it was a design decision.

“The most common misperception is the word ‘design’. People think of primarily pretty pictures or forms. They don't understand the depth to which design goes—not only in products, but in every aspect of our life. Whether it is the design of a program, a product or some form of communication, we are living in a world that’s totally designed. Somebody made a decision about everything. And it was a design decision.” - Sam Farber

“The most common misperception is the word ‘design’. People think of primarily pretty pictures or forms. They don’t understand the depth to which design goes—not only in products, but in every aspect of our life. Whether it is the design of a program, a product or some form of communication, we are living in a world that’s totally designed. Somebody made a decision about everything. And it was a design decision.” – Sam Farber

Sam Farber is the founder of Copco, OXO, and Wovo.  Quote retrieved from this collection of design related quotes.