Category Archives: Jared Spool

Intuitive design lets you keep your attention on what you’re trying to accomplish

“A design is intuitive when people just know what to do and they don’t have to go through any training to get there... When a design is not intuitive, our attention moves away from what we’re trying to accomplish to how we can get the interface to accomplish what we want.” - Jared Spool

“A design is intuitive when people just know what to do and they don’t have to go through any training to get there… When a design is not intuitive, our attention moves away from what we’re trying to accomplish to how we can get the interface to accomplish what we want.” – Jared Spool

This quote is from Jared’s excellent presentation entitled “What Makes a Design Seem Intuitive?” given at the joint PhillyCHI and UsabilityNJ meeting on July 15, 2009.

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Simply using Web 2.0 technologies does not guarantee an optimal experience

“The Web 2.0 architecture still needs much work... As Spiderman’s Uncle Ben pointed out, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ Just because we can do all these [Web 2.0] things doesn’t mean we should do them... [It is easy to] imagine designers going wild with the capabilities of this new technology and not using the restraint necessary to ensure they produce an optimal experience.” - Jared Spool

“The Web 2.0 architecture still needs much work… As Spiderman’s Uncle Ben pointed out, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ Just because we can do all these [Web 2.0] things doesn’t mean we should do them… [It is easy to] imagine designers going wild with the capabilities of this new technology and not using the restraint necessary to ensure they produce an optimal experience.” – Jared Spool

This quote is from Jared’s article “Web 2.0: The Power Behind the Hype.” Quote submitted by my Vanguard coworker, Brian Nothacker.

Special thanks to Whitney Hess for including inspireUX in her blogs.com listing of the 10 Best UX (User Experience) Design Blogs! It is quite an honor to be included among so many excellent contributors to the field.

Pay attention to the subtleties

“When designing, it’s easy to get lost in the gross interactions – the dialog boxes and system flow. However, the subtleties are just as critical to the success of the design. We need to pay close attention to these nuances as we’re working through our design process.” - Jared Spool“When designing, it’s easy to get lost in the gross interactions – the dialog boxes and system flow. However, the subtleties are just as critical to the success of the design. We need to pay close attention to these nuances as we’re working through our design process.” - Jared Spool

“When designing, it’s easy to get lost in the gross interactions – the dialog boxes and system flow. However, the subtleties are just as critical to the success of the design. We need to pay close attention to these nuances as we’re working through our design process.” – Jared Spool

Read Jared’s article “Interaction Design: It’s All About the Subtleties” here.