Monthly Archives: April 2010

The secret to designing an intuitive user experience

“The secret to designing an intuitive user experience is making sure that the conceptual model of your product matches, as much as possible, the mental models of your users. If you get that right you will have created a positive and useful user experience.” – Susan Weinschenk

This quote is from Susan’s UX Magazine article “The Secret to Designing an Intuitive UX: Match the Mental Model to the Conceptual Model.”

Good web design is about the character of the content, not the character of the designer

“Good web design is about the character of the content, not the character of the designer.” - Jeffrey Zeldman

This quote was mentioned in Jeffrey’s 2008 An Event Apart presentation as well as his presentation at the 2008 AIGA Business and Design Conference.

Thanks to Derek Nelson (@dN_redNests) for pointing out this quote!

Design is about the perfect fusion of passion and knowledge

“Design is about the perfect fusion of passion and knowledge. Your passion has to come from within you and your knowledge has to come from a lot of dedicated study and practice… Just educate yourself. It doesn’t matter HOW, just get educated about design. Mix that with your passion to create, and you’ll be successful.” – Preston D. Lee

This quote was cited in Ally E. Hardgrave’s article “Make your design career a reality through the power of passion.”

Consistency makes users happy which compels them to return

“Users should feel comfortable when they visit your site. They should feel that your site is designed, arranged and filled with logical information that they know how to get to. When you are consistent you make your users happy which will compel them to return.” – Timothy Smith

Read more in Tim’s UX Booth article “Consistency: Key to a Better User Experience.”

Always look for simple and inexpensive things you can do to provide a better user experience

“Sometimes the simplest tweaks can yield huge results… There is always room for improvement. Always be on the lookout for simple and inexpensive things you can do to provide a better user experience.” – Jon Phillips

This quote is from Jon’s feedgrids article “UX Lessons Learned From Offline Experiences”

We must re-think our design process to become melting pots of ideas, perspectives and skills

“Now more than ever in increasingly complex, transient times, the need for holistic experiences is vital… To approach such design as a ‘whole’ – we need to understand the varying concepts of time and data through the perspectives of cohabitants, technology and business interests alike… We must constantly re-think our process to become melting pots of ideas, perspectives and skills that not only drill deep, but also wide.” - Rahul Sen

Read more in Rahul’s Johnny Holland article “From whole to hole: a recipe for a holistic design process.”