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Sketches are an effective modeling process for designers and lead to better design

“Because sketches are faster, require less overhead, and by their nature are perceived to be less ‘done,’ they are better suited to the task-artifact cycle of design exploration. They should be considered an effective modeling process for designers to be able to conceive and predict the consequences of certain design arguments during the design ideation phase and subsequently leading to better design.” – Will Evans

Read more in Will’s article “Shades of Grey: Thoughts on Sketching.”

Good design is design that changes behavior for the better

“Good design is design that changes behavior for the better. I think it needs to take into account the context of the environment, of the human condition, the culture and then attempt to make the things you do—make us do them better, make us do better things. It encourages us to change the way that we live.” – Jon Kolko

Read more in Jon’s interview with Forbes entitled “Jon Kolko On Design That Changes Human Behavior.”

It’s not good enough to just be usable. Design has to fit into peoples’ lives.

“Design is less and less about solving problems, testing less and less about eliminating frustration. It’s all becoming more and more about making a good experience for users… Now it’s not good enough to just be usable. The design has to fit into peoples’ lives. It actually has to make people happy, and anticipate their needs.” – Dana Chisnell

Read more in Dana’s UX Magazine article “Beyond Frustration: Three levels of happy design.”

There is no right answer to a design problem. There are only bad, good and better answers.

“There is no right answer to a design problem… There are only bad, good and better answers for the current situation. Each of the potential solutions sits within a particular context… To find the better answers for your design problem, you need to know the context it sits within. You need to know what you are trying to achieve, what a successful outcome is and what you have to get you there.” – Donna Spencer

This quote is from Donna’s 52 Weeks of UX article “There’s No Right Answer.”

UX designers must understand the perspectives that come from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences

“At its best, user experience design involves more than form and content and behavior, crafted in a meaningful context that leaves an impact over time. The highest aspirations of our profession will only be achieved when leadership and excellence are joined. Our profession as a whole must demonstrate the understanding and perspectives that can only come from the intertwingling of many different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.” – Will Evans

Read more in Will’s article “It’s Time to Start a Revolution…”

 

Bad design is not the “enemy.” The real enemy is great design.

“We may think that bad design is the ‘enemy’ and that our holy grail is to stomp it out. But displacing poor design should be relatively easy for a trained professional. No, the real enemy is great design. Why? Because great design takes hold, gets traction, and takes on its own inertia—which makes it hard to replace. And replace it we must: Everything reaches its past-due date. Design is no different.” – Bill Buxton

Read more in Bill’s Business Week article “The Problem with Great Ideas.”