Monthly Archives: June 2009

Attractive things work better

“Attractive things work better... When you wash and wax a car, it drives better, doesn’t it? Or at least feels like it does.” - Don Norman

“Attractive things work better… When you wash and wax a car, it drives better, doesn’t it? Or at least feels like it does.” – Don Norman

This quote is from the article “The Secret of Apple Design” by Technology Review. This site requires a login to read the full article. Read more from Don on this subject in his paper “Attractive Things Work Better.” (PDF)

Thanks to Robert Shedd for submitting this quote! :)

Design, in the end, is about creating better things for people

“Design, in the end, is about creating better things for people. Along the way, it can generate better profits as well.” - Bruce Nussbaum

“Design, in the end, is about creating better things for people. Along the way, it can generate better profits as well.” – Bruce Nussbaum

Read Bruce’s interview with Peter Lawrence, chairman of the Corporate Design Foundation, for his thoughts on why “designers must take the lead in the New Economy.”

Thanks to @ibmdesign for sharing this quote.

Designers should vow to produce things that are meaningful additions to the world

“In an ideal world, social responsibility would be a prerequisite for design, and designers would vow to produce beautiful, useful, positive, responsible, functional, and economical things and concepts that are meaningful additions to—or sometimes subtractions from—the world we live in. Indeed, design deserves such thoughtful consideration.” - Paola Antonelli

“In an ideal world, social responsibility would be a prerequisite for design, and designers would vow to produce beautiful, useful, positive, responsible, functional, and economical things and concepts that are meaningful additions to—or sometimes subtractions from—the world we live in. Indeed, design deserves such thoughtful consideration.” – Paola Antonelli

Read more from Paola, senior curator of design and architecture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, in her article “Core Principles” from Seed Magazine.

Thanks to @nonperishable and @21xdesign for sharing this article on Twitter!

One of the roles of design is to bring humanity, intelligence and beauty to the world of business

“I’ve come to believe strongly that one of the roles of design is to bring humanity, intelligence and beauty to the world of business, and indeed to everyday life. In my experience, good clients and good designers don’t see this goal as being opposed to—or even separate from—achieving business goals, but rather an integral part of it.” - Michael Bierut

“I’ve come to believe strongly that one of the roles of design is to bring humanity, intelligence and beauty to the world of business, and indeed to everyday life. In my experience, good clients and good designers don’t see this goal as being opposed to—or even separate from—achieving business goals, but rather an integral part of it.” – Michael Bierut

Read more from Michael in his 2006 interview with Peter Merholz from Adaptive Path.

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Designers don’t actually “solve” problems. They “work through” them.

“Designers don’t actually ‘solve’ problems. They ‘work through’ them. They use non-logical processes that are difficult to express in words but easier to express in action. They use models, mockups, sketches, and stories as their vocabulary. They operate in the space between knowing and doing, prototyping new solutions that arise from their four strengths of empathy, intuition, imagination, and idealism.” - The Designful Company by Marty Neumeier

“Designers don’t actually ‘solve’ problems. They ‘work through’ them. They use non-logical processes that are difficult to express in words but easier to express in action. They use models, mockups, sketches, and stories as their vocabulary. They operate in the space between knowing and doing, prototyping new solutions that arise from their four strengths of empathy, intuition, imagination, and idealism.” – The Designful Company by Marty Neumeier

Check out Marty’s book The Designful Company for his thoughts on “how to build a culture of nonstop innovation.”

As UX practitioners, we must define useful, innovative solutions

“As practitioners, we can’t be content to paint within the lines drawn by managers. We must have the courage and creativity to ask whether our products and systems are useful, and to apply our deep knowledge of craft and medium to define innovative solutions that are more useful.” - Peter Morville

“As practitioners, we can’t be content to paint within the lines drawn by managers. We must have the courage and creativity to ask whether our products and systems are useful, and to apply our deep knowledge of craft and medium to define innovative solutions that are more useful.” – Peter Morville

This quote is from Peter’s article “User Experience Design” that describes his well-known “user experience honeycomb.”