Monthly Archives: January 2009

The importance of aesthetic in design

“Without aesthetic, design is either the humdrum repetition of familiar clichés or a wild scramble for novelty. Without the aesthetic, the computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance. Form without relevant content, or content without meaningful form.” – Paul Rand

Read more about the brilliant graphic designer Paul Rand here.

Design not only for what users can do, but what they will do

“While great usability is a baseline requirement, there is far more involved in engaging customers on a Web site than simply making sure they can find specific content and perform particular transactions. Today’s mandate is to move beyond traditional usability. Instead of designing only for what visitors can do on a site, superior Web design is now responsible for determining what customers will do.” - Eric Schaffer

“While great usability is a baseline requirement, there is far more involved in engaging customers on a Web site than simply making sure they can find specific content and perform particular transactions. Today’s mandate is to move beyond traditional usability. Instead of designing only for what visitors can do on a site, superior Web design is now responsible for determining what customers will do.” – Eric Schaffer

Read Eric’s article “Beyond Usability: Designing Web Sites for Persuasion, Emotion, and Trust” for his thoughts on important aspects of design beyond usability.

Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union

“Form follows function—that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

“Form follows function—that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

This quote’s original source is unknown, but it is frequently quoted. If you know of the original source, please let me know.  Quote found from Interaction-Design.org

When useful and useable meet delight—great things happen.

“I believe that logic + emotion are a winning combination. When useful and useable meet delight—great things happen. It’s about balance.” - David Armano

“I believe that logic + emotion are a winning combination. When useful and useable meet delight—great things happen. It’s about balance.” – David Armano

Read David’s short but powerful blog entry “A Simple Philosophy” here.

Good design, when done well, becomes invisible

“Good design, when it’s done well, becomes invisible. It’s only when it’s done poorly that we notice it.” - Jared Spool

“Good design, when it’s done well, becomes invisible. It’s only when it’s done poorly that we notice it.” – Jared Spool

This quote from Jared’s is from a UIEtips introduction to an article by Luke Wroblewski.

Good design isn’t decoration. Good design is problem solving.

“I’ve been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume that what designers do is decoration—likely because so much bad design simply is decoration. Good design isn’t. Good design is problem solving.” - The Art & Science of Web Design by Jeffrey Veen

“I’ve been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume that what designers do is decoration—likely because so much bad design simply is decoration. Good design isn’t. Good design is problem solving.” – The Art & Science of Web Design by Jeffrey Veen

Purchase Jeffrey’s book The Art & Science of Web Design here.