Technology serves humans. Humans do not serve technology.

“People should never feel like a failure when using technology. Like the customer, the user is always right. If software crashes, it is the software designer’s fault. If someone can’t find something on a web site, it is the web designer’s fault... The big difference between good and bad designers is how they handle people struggling with their design. Technology serves humans. Humans do not serve technology.” - Joshua Porter

“People should never feel like a failure when using technology. Like the customer, the user is always right. If software crashes, it is the software designer’s fault. If someone can’t find something on a web site, it is the web designer’s fault… The big difference between good and bad designers is how they handle people struggling with their design. Technology serves humans. Humans do not serve technology.” – Joshua Porter

Read Joshua’s article “Five Principles to Design By” here.

inspireUX – One year anniversary!

Today marks inspireUX’s one year anniversary!  Thank you for all of your support over this past year.

I have a simple question for all of you that may help me guide this site in the future:

>> How do you use inspireUX quotes?

Do you follow them through the RSS feed or Twitter? Print them out and post them on your wall? Use them in presentations? Send them to friends or coworkers? Leave a comment, send me an email, or send me a tweet with your thoughts! Bonus points if you send me a photo of how you use the quotes.

Please keep submitting quotes.  With your support, I hope I can keep up with my current posting frequency for a long time to come.

User experience is the summation of considerations across UX disciplines

“Information architecture defines the structure of information. Interaction design enables people to manipulate and contribute to that information. Visual design communicates these possibilities to people and creates affinity to them. User experience is the summation of these considerations.” - Luke Wroblewski

“Information architecture defines the structure of information. Interaction design enables people to manipulate and contribute to that information. Visual design communicates these possibilities to people and creates affinity to them. User experience is the summation of these considerations.” – Luke Wroblewski

Quote submitted by Michael Cummings. Do you have a quote you want to see on inspireUX? Submit it, and it may be chosen!

What makes people passionate, pure and simple, is great experiences

“What makes people passionate, pure and simple, is great experiences. If they have great experience with your product [and] they have great experiences with your service, they’re going to be passionate about your brand, they’re going to be committed to it. That’s how you build that kind of commitment.” - Jesse James Garrett

“What makes people passionate, pure and simple, is great experiences. If they have great experience with your product [and] they have great experiences with your service, they’re going to be passionate about your brand, they’re going to be committed to it. That’s how you build that kind of commitment.” – Jesse James Garrett

This quote is from a podcast with Jesse entitled “What the Heck is User Experience Design??!! (And Why Should I Care?)” from Teresa Brazen’s blog Tea with Teresa.

Experience should not be sacrificed for growth–it should drive growth

“You don’t sacrifice the experience for growth; you drive growth from the quality of the experience.” - Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company by R. Brunner and S. Emery

“You don’t sacrifice the experience for growth; you drive growth from the quality of the experience.” – Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company by Robert Brunner and Stewart Emery

I highly recommend Robert and Stewart’s book Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company. In this book, they explain how great design is about creating a deep relationship with your customers by creating a complete “customer experience supply chain.”

The most innovative designers cultivate an appetite for “thinking wrong”

“The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for ‘thinking wrong.’” - The Designful Company by Marty Neumeier

“The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for ‘thinking wrong.’” – The Designful Company by Marty Neumeier

Purchase Marty’s book The Designful Company for his thoughts on how designing the way forward is the key to innovation and solving business problems.