Category Archives: Jared Spool

The best designers carefully move from exploration to refinement

“The process of design starts with exploration, but ends with refinement. The best designers carefully move from one to the other, making sure they spend enough time exploring before locking themselves into a design approach.” - Jared Spool

“The process of design starts with exploration, but ends with refinement. The best designers carefully move from one to the other, making sure they spend enough time exploring before locking themselves into a design approach.” – Jared Spool

Read more in Jared’s article “Exploring Options and Making Decisions.”

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.

Read more quotes from Jared.

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.

Good design, when done well, becomes invisible

“Good design, when it’s done well, becomes invisible. It’s only when it’s done poorly that we notice it.” - Jared Spool

“Good design, when it’s done well, becomes invisible. It’s only when it’s done poorly that we notice it.” – Jared Spool

This quote from Jared’s is from a UIEtips introduction to an article by Luke Wroblewski.

Meet your users’ needs at the instant they need it

\"When creating great experiences, it\'s not so much about doing what users expect. Instead, it\'s about creating a design that clearly meets their needs at the instant they need it.\" - Jared Spool

“When creating great experiences, it’s not so much about doing what users expect. Instead, it’s about creating a design that clearly meets their needs at the instant they need it.” – Jared Spool

Read Jared’s article “The Wheres and Whens of Users’ Expectations” here.

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.