Monthly Archives: February 2010

Design is about communication, and it takes more than pixels to communicate

“It’s the designer’s job to think about your site the way a user does, and tell them what they need to hear, and when they need to hear it… Design is about communication, and it takes more than pixels to communicate.” – Derek Powazek

This quote is from Derek’s A List Apart article “Calling All Designers: Learn to Write!”

inspireUX redesign preview!

As you may have noticed, inspireUX’s design has remained the same since it launched almost 2 years ago.  As a result of the site’s growing readership and continuous evolution, I’ve been spending the past few months working on redesigning this site.  I have posted a few static screenshots of my proposed redesign.  I’d love any feedback that you have!

View the inspireUX redesign preview!

In designing tools we are designing ways of being

“All new technologies develop within the background of a tacit understanding of human nature and human work. The use of technology in turn leads to fundamental changes in what we do, and ultimately in turn what it is to be human. We encounter the deep questions of design when we recognize that in designing tools we are designing ways of being.” – Understanding Computers and Cognition. A New Foundation for Design by Terry Winograd and  Fernando Flores

Read more by purchasing Terry and Fernando’s book Understanding Computers and Cognition. A New Foundation for Design.  Thanks to interaction-design.org for sharing this quote.

Good designers have the trained ability to represent the world as others expect to see it

“The brilliance of a good designer is not defined by her ability to represent the world as she sees it, but by her trained ability to represent it as others expect to see it.” – Nishant Kothary

Read more in Nishant’s UX Magazine article “Predictable Design.”

The one characteristic that separates designers from others is action

“Designers are an odd lot: creative, moody, pensive, thoughtful, weird. But the one characteristic that separates designers from others is action. They make stuff that didn’t exist before. They take the idea living deep inside their head and pull it out, realizing it in a drawing, prototype, or product. Unlike most people, they don’t just think about it. They don’t just brainstorm. They don’t just imagine something better and then talk themselves out of it. Instead, they act.” – Joshua Porter

Read more in Joshua’s 52 Weeks of UX article “Dreamers of Day.”

We should treat design as a verb, a process, a way of creating positive change in the world

“Stop treating design as a noun. When we talk about it as such, the world stops listening and starts wondering which color the designers are going to pick for the drapes… We would all be better off treating design as a verb, a process, a way of approaching challenges which designers and nondesigners alike can learn to use to create positive change in the world.” – Diego Rodriguez

This quote is from Diego’s BusinessWeek article “Why Design Matters.”