Category Archives: Garr Reynolds

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.”

Design is about choices and intentions, it is not accidental

“Design is about choices and intentions, it is not accidental. Design is about process. The end user will usually not notice ‘the design of it.’ It may seem like it just works, assuming they think about it at all, but this ease-of-use (or ease-of-understanding) is not by accident, it’s a result of your careful choices and decisions.” - Garr Reynolds

“Design is about choices and intentions, it is not accidental. Design is about process. The end user will usually not notice ‘the design of it.’ It may seem like it just works, assuming they think about it at all, but this ease-of-use (or ease-of-understanding) is not by accident, it’s a result of your careful choices and decisions.” – Garr Reynolds

As a continuation of Wednesday’s quote, this quote is also from Garr’s article “10 tips on how to think like a designer.”

Design is a “whole brain” process

“Good designers are skilled at noticing and observing. They are able to see both the big picture and the details of the world around them. Humans are natural pattern seekers; be mindful of this skill in yourself and in others. Design is a ‘whole brain’ process. You are creative, practical, rational, analytic, empathetic, and passionate. Foster these aptitudes.” - Garr Reynolds

“Good designers are skilled at noticing and observing. They are able to see both the big picture and the details of the world around them. Humans are natural pattern seekers; be mindful of this skill in yourself and in others. Design is a ‘whole brain’ process. You are creative, practical, rational, analytic, empathetic, and passionate. Foster these aptitudes.” – Garr Reynolds

Read more from Garr in his excellent Presentation Zen article “10 tips on how to think like a designer.”

Good design must have an impact on people’s lives

\"Good design must necessarily, in my opinion, have an impact on people\'s lives, no matter how seemingly small. Good design changes things.\" - Garr Reynolds

“Good design must necessarily, in my opinion, have an impact on people’s lives, no matter how seemingly small. Good design changes things.” – Garr Reynolds

Check out Garr’s article “Why Design Matters” here.

Design helps or improves the lives of other humans

\"Design is about humans creating great works that help or improve the lives of other humans, often in profound ways, and often in ways that are quite small and go unnoticed\" - Garr Reynolds

“Design is about humans creating great works that help or improve the lives of other humans, often in profound ways, and often in ways that are quite small and go unnoticed” – Garr Reynolds

Read Garr’s article here