Perfection is achieved when there is nothing left to take away

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Edit: As noted in the comments, the originally submitted quote was slightly inaccurate, but added the focus on designers.  I’ll keep that version available, but please note that the quote above is more accurate.

“Perfection is achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Quote submitted by Geoff Alday. Geoff found the quote in this presentation by Will Tschumy from Microsoft (Slide 105).  Check out Geoff’s thoughts on the presentation here.

Robyn had also submitted this quote via a comment on the inspireUX post “The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.”

Do you have a quote you want to see on inspireUX?  Submit it and it may be posted!

Abandon the comforts of habit and strike out in new directions

“To achieve originality we need to abandon the comforts of habit, reason, and the approval of our peers, and strike out in new directions” - The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier

“To achieve originality we need to abandon the comforts of habit, reason, and the approval of our peers, and strike out in new directions.” – The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier

Purchase The Brand Gap here.

Your site can encapsulate your brand personality

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“Your site can do much more than mimic your identity. It can encapsulate the brand personality, whether that is inspirational, trustworthy, or authoritative. These traits were part of the reason why they chose your brand in the first place.” – Sharon Lee

Read Sharon’s article “Human-to-Human Design” here.

Usability is a necessary condition for survival

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“On the Web, usability is a necessary condition for survival. If a website is difficult to use, people leave. If the homepage fails to clearly state what a company offers and what users can do on the site, people leave. If users get lost on a website, they leave. If a website’s information is hard to read or doesn’t answer users’ key questions, they leave. Note a pattern here?” – Jakob Nielsen

Read Jakob’s take on why usability is important in his article “Usability 101: Definition and Fundamentals – What, Why, How” here.

Follow inspireUX on Twitter

Site Update: I have finally started a Twitter account, and have hooked it up to inspireUX so that all blog updates are sent to my Twitter account.  I’ll also use Twitter to post links to interesting UX related articles I come across.   I have updated the sidebar to include Twitter updates and a link to “twit” about inspireUX.

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Usability is like love

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“Usability is like love. You have to care, you have to listen, and you have to be willing to change. You’ll make mistakes along the way, but that’s where growth and forgiveness come in.” – Jeffrey Zeldman

Read Jeffrey’s article “Tackling Usability Gotchas in Large-scale Site Redesigns” here.