Category Archives: Peter Merholz

In UX design, mindset is more important than process

“What’s more important than process is mindset. And when it comes to interaction design, that mindset is having empathy for and understanding your users, and creating something great for them.” – Peter Merholz

This quote is from Peter’s article on why we should focus on the mindset of UX design, not processes, and on outcomes, not methods.

 

The measure of success for design is the degree of its impact

“The typical understanding of design is that it’s about aesthetics, styling, or form. This is a limited view. While these are often the tangible outputs of design work, such artifacts are meaningless if they don’t somehow engage a new activity. The measure of success for design is the degree of its impact.” - Peter Merholz

“The typical understanding of design is that it’s about aesthetics, styling, or form. This is a limited view. While these are often the tangible outputs of design work, such artifacts are meaningless if they don’t somehow engage a new activity. The measure of success for design is the degree of its impact.” – Peter Merholz

Peter’s quote is from the article “Customer Experience Is an Investment, Not a Cost.”

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Design addresses needs that customers themselves may not know they have

“Design supports an open approach in which anyone in the organization can participate to generate solutions, make insightful and meaningful decisions, and build empathetic services that address needs that customers themselves may not know they have.” - Subject to Change by Peter Merholz, Brandon Schauer, David Verba, and Todd Wilkens

“Design supports an open approach in which anyone in the organization can participate to generate solutions, make insightful and meaningful decisions, and build empathetic services that address needs that customers themselves may not know they have.” – Subject to Change by Peter Merholz, Brandon Schauer, David Verba, and Todd Wilkens

Purchase Subject to Change for more on “creating great products and services for an uncertain world.”

Go deep into your customers’ lives and immerse yourself in their world

“By going deep into our customers’ lives and closely observing their behaviors, you can wow them when you address needs that they’d never be able to articulate. By immersing yourself in the customer’s wider world of emotion and culture, you can wow them by attuning the offering to practical needs and dimensions of delight that normally go unfulfilled.” - Subject to Change by Peter Merholz, Brandon Schauer, David Verba, and Todd Wilkens

“By going deep into our customers’ lives and closely observing their behaviors, you can wow them when you address needs that they’d never be able to articulate. By immersing yourself in the customer’s wider world of emotion and culture, you can wow them by attuning the offering to practical needs and dimensions of delight that normally go unfulfilled.” – Subject to Change by Peter Merholz, Brandon Schauer, David Verba, and Todd Wilkens

Be sure to pick up Subject to Change by four members of Adaptive Path.  This book describes how businesses can use customer experiences to inform and shape the product development process.

Design needs to be embedded as a competency within an organization

“Think of design as an activity that anyone in the organization can engage with... design is not the purview of some special elite group. Design needs to be embedded as a competency within an organization – something that everybody can get involved with.” - Peter Merholz

“Think of design as an activity that anyone in the organization can engage with… design is not the purview of some special elite group. Design needs to be embedded as a competency within an organization – something that everybody can get involved with.” – Peter Merholz

Listen to the BusinessWeek podcast “It’s the Experience That Counts” for a discussion of how focusing on consumers’ experience of new products and services can inform and shape design.

People challenge social and cultural boundaries in unexpected ways

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“When we’re trying to understand our ‘users’ and ‘customers,’ we have to remember that they’re people just like us, and just like us they regularly cross understood boundaries and categories… People are inconsistent, often inarticulate, and they challenge social and cultural boundaries in unexpected ways.” – Subject to Change by Peter Merholz, Brandon Schauer, David Verba, and Todd Wilkens

Subject to Change by four great folks at Adaptive Path is a fabulous look at customer experience and how focusing on it can transform companies. I highly recommend it!