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It’s good to make people happy, but it’s better to help people make themselves happy

“It’s good to make people happy, but it’s better to help people make themselves happy. Design for strength.” – Loren Baxter

This quote comes from one Loren’s April 30th Tweets.

Quality design communicates with its audience and delivers the message it is intended to deliver

“Quality design communicates with its audience. It delivers the message it is intended to deliver. Nothing more, nothing less.” – Paul Scrivens

Read more in Paul’s article “The Differences Between Good Designers and Great Designers.”

There is a delicate balance between the simplicity of use and the complexity of usefulness

“There is a delicate balance between the simplicity of use and the complexity of usefulness. But it is true the product that is clear in its purpose, elegant in its execution and simple in its use will set itself apart from the competition and endear itself to the user. Designing for simplicity is a process of calculated refinement.” – Joshua Brewer

This quote is from Joshua’s 52 Weeks of UX article “Simplicity Isn’t that Simple.”

Showing personality in your designs can be a powerful way for your audience to identify with you

“Showing personality in your app, website, or brand can be a very powerful way for your audience to identify and empathize with you. People want to connect with real people and too often we forget that businesses are just collections of people. So why not let that shine through?” – Aarron Walter

Read more in Aarron’s article Emotional Interface Design: The Gateway to Passionate Users.

To be great designers, we need to improve our mental game

“To be great designers, we need to improve our mental game. We have many ways to get our minds in shape to be the best tool in our arsenal. When we get in the ring with the client, we need to be ready to take some punches. We also need to be trained and armed with the fundamentals so that we can help clients understand that we’re not just sharing our feelings or loose opinions but that we have sound reasons behind our design choices.” – Francisco Inchauste

Read more in the Smashing Magazine article “The Dying Art of Design.”

UX professionals are uniquely trained to represent the needs and desires of our customers

“User experience is about so much more than taking orders... We are uniquely trained to represent the needs and desires of our customers, in a way that other groups cannot. Marketing demographics and functional specs cannot tell me if our customers are going to be delighted by the design decisions we are making... In this sense, we have one of the most valuable jobs inside our organization: We represent the customer.” - Stephen Anderson

“User experience is about so much more than taking orders… We are uniquely trained to represent the needs and desires of our customers, in a way that other groups cannot. Marketing demographics and functional specs cannot tell me if our customers are going to be delighted by the design decisions we are making… In this sense, we have one of the most valuable jobs inside our organization: We represent the customer.” – Stephen Anderson

This quote is from Stephen’s conversation with Todd Wilkens of Adaptive Path about Implementing Visionary Ideas.