Good design is about effective communication, not decoration at the expense of legibility

“Good design is about effective communication, not decoration at the expense of legibility.” – Vitaly Friedman

This quote is from Vitaly’s Smashing Magazine article “The Current State of Web Design: Trends 2010.”

The best indicator of design success is a passion to make an impact

“I have no misconceptions that designers can ‘solve’ massive problems, or even approach them on their own without collaboration from other disciplines. But I feel strongly that designers make great agents of change and can champion new and novel approaches to old and tired problems. The best indicator of design success, in my experience, is a passion to make an impact.” – Jon Kolko

Read more in Jon’s Johnny Holland article “The Strange Connection between Entitlement, Social Innovation, and Interaction Design”.

Great designers demand great design in everything they do

“A good designer is a very opinionated person. They are stubborn. They pay attention to details. They work tirelessly to make sure everything is perfect. Something an average person would never even notice, drives a great designer nuts. And great designers don’t just care about the applications and websites they are building, but demand great design in everything they do.” – Sachin Agarwal

This quote is from Sachin’s article “I’m not just a product designer, I’m an experience designer.”

Thanks to @IDSA and @mmagoo for pointing to this quote!

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.”