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Writing is designing with words. Designing is writing without them.

“Writing is designing with words. Designing is writing without them.” – Robert Hoekman Jr.

This quote was submitted by an inspireUX reader from Robert’s twitter feed.   Submit a quote using the form on the right side of this page, and it may be chosen as a future quote!

Good software is cheerful software

“Good software is cheerful software: it behaves cheerfully, and it leaves you cheerful, too.” – Freckle Manifesto

This quote is from Freckle’s company manifesto.  Freckle is an excellent time tracking application for freelancers, consultants & and small teams.

Design should put concerns for the planet equal to concerns for the user and the client’s bottom line

“All designers have an influence on the future of the earth through their work, and they can all work towards more sustainable solutions and to optimize the products, services or environments they work with within the limitations of the task at hand… Fundamentally speaking, sustainable design solutions are about making informed choices where concerns for the planet carry equal weight to concerns for the user and the bottom line of the client for whom the design is developed.” – Danish Designers Manifesto

This quote is from the fantastic design manifesto from danishdesigners.com. Read the full report here (PDF).

Thanks to @behoff for tweeting about the report.

The hygiene factor of usability

“Old-school usability espouses the idea that user activities are onerous tasks that they want to get out of the way as soon as possible. While this is true in some cases, usability is now widely understood to be more of a hygiene factor–something that can cause dissatisfaction if missing, but its presence cannot take you beyond lack of dissatisfaction.” – Harry Brignull

Read more in Harry’s article “‘Just add an egg’ – Usability, User Experience and Dramaturgy”

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Design is not just about solving for the negative; It’s about creating a positive.

“For a solution to be truly sustainable and good it must have a positive return to the environment and society. At the heart of any design problem is a question: Are we trying to make something less bad or are we trying to make things better?… It’s not just about solving for the negative; It’s about creating a positive.” – Eric Wicks

This quote is from Eric’s article “Solving Better Problems.”

Focus on the idea of a product experience, instead of experience that only deals with the user

“The problems that products are designed to solve require the use of many design disciplines. Some of these design efforts work directly at the user’s interaction while others are employed to address the business’ bottom line. But all of these design considerations affect, and sometimes create, an intended experience for the product… I encourage us change our discourse to include the idea of a product experience, instead of the experience that only deals with the user.” – Andrew Crow

This quote is from Andrew’s article “A product’s experience goes beyond User Experience.”