Design should put concerns for the planet equal to concerns for the user and the client’s bottom line

“All designers have an influence on the future of the earth through their work, and they can all work towards more sustainable solutions and to optimize the products, services or environments they work with within the limitations of the task at hand… Fundamentally speaking, sustainable design solutions are about making informed choices where concerns for the planet carry equal weight to concerns for the user and the bottom line of the client for whom the design is developed.” – Danish Designers Manifesto

This quote is from the fantastic design manifesto from danishdesigners.com. Read the full report here (PDF).

Thanks to @behoff for tweeting about the report.

The hygiene factor of usability

“Old-school usability espouses the idea that user activities are onerous tasks that they want to get out of the way as soon as possible. While this is true in some cases, usability is now widely understood to be more of a hygiene factor–something that can cause dissatisfaction if missing, but its presence cannot take you beyond lack of dissatisfaction.” – Harry Brignull

Read more in Harry’s article “‘Just add an egg’ – Usability, User Experience and Dramaturgy”

This quote was submitted by an inspireUX reader. Use the form on the right sidebar to submit a quote that may appear in a future post!

Design is not just about solving for the negative; It’s about creating a positive.

“For a solution to be truly sustainable and good it must have a positive return to the environment and society. At the heart of any design problem is a question: Are we trying to make something less bad or are we trying to make things better?… It’s not just about solving for the negative; It’s about creating a positive.” – Eric Wicks

This quote is from Eric’s article “Solving Better Problems.”

New inspireUX design and quote archive launched!

I’m happy to  launch some exciting new updates to the site:

* Completely new design including rotating featured quotes and a two-column presentation of most recent quotes.  This redesign focused on making the site cleaner in order to better showcase the quotes.

* Quote archive - browse all quotes or view by topic or author. This is to complement the gallery, and to make it easier to browse all quotes at once.

* The submit a quote feature has been moved to the sidebar on all blog pages to (hopefully) make it faster and easier to submit quotes.

There are a few quirks in IE that I’m still working through–primarily on the quote archive page.  I’ll also be making other small tweaks to the site over the next week or so.

Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on my site preview last week.  I tried to incorporate as much of your feedback as possible.

Let me know if you have any comments about the new design and features!

Focus on the idea of a product experience, instead of experience that only deals with the user

“The problems that products are designed to solve require the use of many design disciplines. Some of these design efforts work directly at the user’s interaction while others are employed to address the business’ bottom line. But all of these design considerations affect, and sometimes create, an intended experience for the product… I encourage us change our discourse to include the idea of a product experience, instead of the experience that only deals with the user.” – Andrew Crow

This quote is from Andrew’s article “A product’s experience goes beyond User Experience.”

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)