Category Archives: Matt May

Something is elegant if it is unusually simple and surprisingly powerful

“Something is elegant if it is two things at once: unusually simple and surprisingly powerful.” - Matthew E. May

“Something is elegant if it is two things at once: unusually simple and surprisingly powerful.” – Matthew E. May

This quote is from Guy Kawasaki’s interview with Matthew called “In Pursuit of Elegance: 12 Indispensable Tips.”

Thanks to @ellenking for sending me this quote via Twitter!

Why should we all suffer an interface that is unusable?

“If you want to reach the greatest number of users possible, it’s best to write clearly and simply and design your interfaces to be consistent from page to page. For some people, simple usability advice like this is an absolute accessibility need... And anyway, people of all abilities fail tasks that are confusing. Why should we all suffer an interface that proves itself to be unusable?” - Matt May

“If you want to reach the greatest number of users possible, it’s best to write clearly and simply and design your interfaces to be consistent from page to page. For some people, simple usability advice like this is an absolute accessibility need… And anyway, people of all abilities fail tasks that are confusing. Why should we all suffer an interface that proves itself to be unusable?” – Matt May

Read Matt’s article “Accessibility From the Ground Up” from Digital Web Magazine for his thoughts on creating accessible designs.