Monthly Archives: October 2009

The real value of a product consists of far more than the product’s components

“If you think of the product as a service, then the separate parts make no sense - the point of a product is to offer great experiences to its owner, which means that it offers a service. And that experience, that service, comprises the totality of its parts: The whole is indeed made up of all of the parts. The real value of a product consists of far more than the product’s components.” - Don Norman

“If you think of the product as a service, then the separate parts make no sense – the point of a product is to offer great experiences to its owner, which means that it offers a service. And that experience, that service, comprises the totality of its parts: The whole is indeed made up of all of the parts. The real value of a product consists of far more than the product’s components.” – Don Norman

Read more in Don’s article “Systems Thinking: A Product Is More Than the Product.”

Designers can use data to yield better products and new ideas

“It’s becoming increasingly hard to do large-scale digital product design without integrating an understanding of data... Data analytics can help create and optimize opportunities. Designers versed in data may uncover trends or insights that not only yield better products but new product or business ideas as well.” - Luke Wroblewski

“It’s becoming increasingly hard to do large-scale digital product design without integrating an understanding of data… Data analytics can help create and optimize opportunities. Designers versed in data may uncover trends or insights that not only yield better products but new product or business ideas as well.” – Luke Wroblewski

This quote is from Luke’s article “Data in the Design.”

A great product doesn’t just do its job; it does something more.

“Products that are well designed have value beyond necessity: The defining feature of a great product isn’t its power, its size, its speed, or its novelty. We value things according to the quality of the experience we have when we use them... A great product doesn’t just do its job; it does something more.” - Harold Hambrose

“Products that are well designed have value beyond necessity: The defining feature of a great product isn’t its power, its size, its speed, or its novelty. We value things according to the quality of the experience we have when we use them… A great product doesn’t just do its job; it does something more.” – Harold Hambrose

This quote is from Harold’s book “Wrench in the System: What’s Sabotaging Your Business Software and How You Can Release the Power to Innovate.”

Peripheral insights often feed a designer’s instincts most

“Many of the most compelling usability test insights come not from the elements that are evaluated, but rather those not evaluated... The unintended conclusions—the peripheral insights—are often what feed a designer’s instincts most.” - Robert Hoekman Jr.

“Many of the most compelling usability test insights come not from the elements that are evaluated, but rather those not evaluated… The unintended conclusions—the peripheral insights—are often what feed a designer’s instincts most.” – Robert Hoekman Jr.

Read more in Robert’s article “The Myth of Usability Testing.”

Good designers are open minded and comfortable with ambiguity

“As the old saying goes, in the expert’s mind there are few possibilities, but for one with the beginner’s mind, the world is wide open. Designers understand the need to take risks, especially during early explorations of the problem. They are not afraid to break with convention. Good designers are open minded and comfortable with ambiguity early on in the process, this is how discoveries are made.” - Garr Reynolds

“As the old saying goes, in the expert’s mind there are few possibilities, but for one with the beginner’s mind, the world is wide open. Designers understand the need to take risks, especially during early explorations of the problem. They are not afraid to break with convention. Good designers are open minded and comfortable with ambiguity early on in the process, this is how discoveries are made.” – Garr Reynolds

This quote is from Garr’s article “10 tips on how to think like a designer.”

Content is not a nice-to-have extra. Content is a star of the user experience show.

“If we continue to treat content as an extra to information architecture, to content management or to anything else, we miss a bright opportunity to influence users. Content is not a nice-to-have extra. Content is a star of the user experience show. Let’s make content shine.” - Colleen Jones

“If we continue to treat content as an extra to information architecture, to content management or to anything else, we miss a bright opportunity to influence users. Content is not a nice-to-have extra. Content is a star of the user experience show. Let’s make content shine.” – Colleen Jones

Read more from Colleen in her article “The Debut of Usable, Influential Content” from ASIS&T’s August/September 2009 Bulletin.