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It is important to confine user interactions to appropriate complexity

“It is not enough to create and understand powerful systems; you must understand how other people understand your system and confine their interaction—or educate them—to appropriate complexity.” – Tyler Hilker

Thanks to Tyler for tweeting his original quote! (part 1, part 2)

The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world

“The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect – to help people work together – and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world.” – Weaving The Web by Tim Berners-Lee

Read more in Tim’s book Weaving The Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web.

Thanks to interaction-design.org for pointing to this quote!

Design is about communication, and it takes more than pixels to communicate

“It’s the designer’s job to think about your site the way a user does, and tell them what they need to hear, and when they need to hear it… Design is about communication, and it takes more than pixels to communicate.” – Derek Powazek

This quote is from Derek’s A List Apart article “Calling All Designers: Learn to Write!”

In designing tools we are designing ways of being

“All new technologies develop within the background of a tacit understanding of human nature and human work. The use of technology in turn leads to fundamental changes in what we do, and ultimately in turn what it is to be human. We encounter the deep questions of design when we recognize that in designing tools we are designing ways of being.” – Understanding Computers and Cognition. A New Foundation for Design by Terry Winograd and  Fernando Flores

Read more by purchasing Terry and Fernando’s book Understanding Computers and Cognition. A New Foundation for Design.  Thanks to interaction-design.org for sharing this quote.

Good designers have the trained ability to represent the world as others expect to see it

“The brilliance of a good designer is not defined by her ability to represent the world as she sees it, but by her trained ability to represent it as others expect to see it.” – Nishant Kothary

Read more in Nishant’s UX Magazine article “Predictable Design.”

The one characteristic that separates designers from others is action

“Designers are an odd lot: creative, moody, pensive, thoughtful, weird. But the one characteristic that separates designers from others is action. They make stuff that didn’t exist before. They take the idea living deep inside their head and pull it out, realizing it in a drawing, prototype, or product. Unlike most people, they don’t just think about it. They don’t just brainstorm. They don’t just imagine something better and then talk themselves out of it. Instead, they act.” – Joshua Porter

Read more in Joshua’s 52 Weeks of UX article “Dreamers of Day.”