Form and function aren’t separate items. Beauty is more than decoration.

“Form and function aren’t separate items. If we believe that style somehow exists independent of functionality, that we can treat aesthetics and function as two separate pieces, then we ignore the evidence that beauty is much more than decoration.” - Stephen P. Anderson

“Form and function aren’t separate items. If we believe that style somehow exists independent of functionality, that we can treat aesthetics and function as two separate pieces, then we ignore the evidence that beauty is much more than decoration.” – Stephen P. Anderson

Read more from Stephen in his article “In Defense of Eye Candy.”

Experience is about how we get there, not the landing place

“The experience is about how we get there, not the landing place.” - Bill Buxton

“The experience is about how we get there, not the landing place.” – Bill Buxton

This quote is from Bill Buxton’s presentation “From the Materialistic to the Experiential: A Changing Perspecitve on Design” at the joint UsabilityNJ – PhillyCHI meeting on April 21, 2009.  Bill was speaking in regards to the importance of finding ways to represent time in our designs, not just the user’s end states.

When we advocate for the user, we are simultaneously advocating for our team

“Paradoxically, when we advocate for the user within our product or service development teams, we are, in effect, simultaneously advocating for the team to our users.” - Michael Cummings

“Paradoxically, when we advocate for the user within our product or service development teams, we are, in effect, simultaneously advocating for the team to our users.” – Michael Cummings

Quote submitted by the author, Michael Cummings.  Do you have a quote you want to see on inspireUX? Submit it, and it may be chosen! I’m running a little low on quotes to post, so the more submissions the better! Thanks for your continued support.

Design is everyone’s job. It takes a commitment from everybody in the company.

“Successful businesspeople in all fields endeavor to understand that they are in the business of designing a total customer experience. We call this the customer experience supply chain. The physical product or service is a central part—but, alone, not a sufficient part—of the equation for lasting success. Design is everyone’s job. Doing good design takes more than good designers. It takes a commitment from everybody in the company—soup to nuts, end to end.” - Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company by R. Brunner and S. Emery

“Successful businesspeople in all fields endeavor to understand that they are in the business of designing a total customer experience. We call this the customer experience supply chain. The physical product or service is a central part—but, alone, not a sufficient part—of the equation for lasting success. Design is everyone’s job. Doing good design takes more than good designers. It takes a commitment from everybody in the company—soup to nuts, end to end.” – Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company by Robert Brunner and Stewart Emery

Purchase the great book Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company for more thoughts on the idea of a “customer experience supply chain.”

User experience is the center of gravity of a project

“User experience is the center of gravity of a project that pulls the necessary fragments of various design principles and disciplines together giving the finished product that shine, that glow, that luster, that compels and attracts.” - Angel R. Marquez

“User experience is the center of gravity of a project that pulls the necessary fragments of various design principles and disciplines together giving the finished product that shine, that glow, that luster, that compels and attracts.” – Angel R. Marquez

This quote was submitted by the author, Angel R. Marquez. This quote is also part of an IxDA discussion topic.

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Experience design is not about trying to control the user’s experience

“Experience design is more about the kind of experience users actually have than about controlling the experience you try to give them.” - Robin Good

“Experience design is more about the kind of experience users actually have than about controlling the experience you try to give them.” – Robin Good

This quote is from Robin’s article “Brands Are Inside-Out, User Experience Is Outside-In” that comments on Peter Merholz’s article “Experience design is not about brands”.

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