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.

Information architecture helps make sure that business and user needs are met

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“Information architecture helps make sure that business needs and user needs are met, leaving everyone happy, and isn’t that really what it’s all about?” – Jeff Lash

Read Jeff’s article “The Age of Information Architecture” here.

Good design must have an impact on people’s lives

\"Good design must necessarily, in my opinion, have an impact on people\'s lives, no matter how seemingly small. Good design changes things.\" - Garr Reynolds

“Good design must necessarily, in my opinion, have an impact on people’s lives, no matter how seemingly small. Good design changes things.” – Garr Reynolds

Check out Garr’s article “Why Design Matters” here.

It takes a passionate commitment to thoroughly understand something

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“To design something really well you have to get it.  You have to really grok what it’s all about.  It takes a passionate commitment to thoroughly understand something – chew it up, not just quickly swallow it.  Most people don’t take the time to do that… The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better designs we will have.” – Steve Jobs

Read the Wired article “Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing” to read Steve’s full reply to the question: “Why aren’t more products made with the aesthetics of great design?”

Pay attention to the subtleties

“When designing, it’s easy to get lost in the gross interactions – the dialog boxes and system flow. However, the subtleties are just as critical to the success of the design. We need to pay close attention to these nuances as we’re working through our design process.” - Jared Spool“When designing, it’s easy to get lost in the gross interactions – the dialog boxes and system flow. However, the subtleties are just as critical to the success of the design. We need to pay close attention to these nuances as we’re working through our design process.” - Jared Spool

“When designing, it’s easy to get lost in the gross interactions – the dialog boxes and system flow. However, the subtleties are just as critical to the success of the design. We need to pay close attention to these nuances as we’re working through our design process.” – Jared Spool

Read Jared’s article “Interaction Design: It’s All About the Subtleties” here.

Sometimes, you have to design from the gut

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“Sometimes, you have to design from the gut. The funny thing about the gut is that, rather than experience, the best UX designers I know operate from a perspective of determining what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s ugly.” – Ryan Freitas

Quote from Adaptive Path’s June 17th email newsletter.  Read Ryan’s thoughts on the recent MySpace redesign project here.