UX Quotes

Simplicity Quotes

Author Quote
Alan Cooper “Ironically, the thing that will likely make the least improvement in the ease of use of software-based products is new technology. There is little difference technically between a complicated, confusing program and a simple, fun, and powerful product.”
Alan Cooper (source)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (source)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (source)
Charles Mingus “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity”
Charles Mingus (source)
Don Norman “The world is complex, and so too must be the activities that we perform. But that doesn’t mean that we must live in continual frustration. No. The whole point of human-centered design is to tame complexity, to turn what would appear to be a complicated tool into one that fits the task, that is understandable, usable, enjoyable.”
Don Norman (source)
Don Norman “The argument is not between adding features and simplicity, between adding capability and usability. The real issue is about design: designing things that have the power required for the job while maintaining understandability, the feeling of control, and the pleasure of accomplishment.”
Don Norman (source)
Francisco Inchauste “In the end, simplicity for its own sake should not be the goal. Balancing the amount of complexity that we engage with is something that UX people deal with on a daily basis. A good experience should be the result of using UX design to find what is meaningful to that end user and present it in the best way possible.”
Francisco Inchauste (source)
Francisco Inchauste “In the end, simplicity for its own sake should not be the goal. Balancing the amount of complexity that we engage with is something that UX people deal with on a daily basis. A good experience should be the result of using UX design to find what is meaningful to that end user and present it in the best way possible.”
Francisco Inchauste (source)
Gerry McGovern “As web designers, we need to be very careful about the lure of complexity. We should not fall into the trap of thinking that if it’s hard to design, it must be good; that if it’s using the latest technology, it must be good; that if all our friends think it’s really cool, it must be good.”
Gerry McGovern (source)
Joshua Brewer “There is a delicate balance between the simplicity of use and the complexity of usefulness. But it is true the product that is clear in its purpose, elegant in its execution and simple in its use will set itself apart from the competition and endear itself to the user. Designing for simplicity is a process of calculated refinement.”
Joshua Brewer (source)
Leigh Duncan “It’s easy to forget, in a world of incredible possibility and infinite creativity, the power of simplicity and the importance of a solid customer experience foundation. This is especially true related to online user experience… As we look forward in anticipation of what’s to come, it’s important not to lose sight of managing the founding elements of customer experience.”
Leigh Duncan (source)
Matt May “If you want to reach the greatest number of users possible, it’s best to write clearly and simply and design your interfaces to be consistent from page to page. For some people, simple usability advice like this is an absolute accessibility need… And anyway, people of all abilities fail tasks that are confusing. Why should we all suffer an interface that proves itself to be unusable?”
Matt May (source)
Matthew E. May “Something is elegant if it is two things at once: unusually simple and surprisingly powerful.”
Matthew E. May (source)
Michael Hoffman “The most important goal of effective communication is clarity. Clarity is not the same as simplicity … Complexity can be made to appear clear by effective organization and presentation and need not be reduced to meaningless ‘bite-sized’ chunks of data, as simplification usually does. Clarity refers to the focus on one particular message or goal at a time, rather than attempting to accomplish too much at once. Simplicity is often responsible for the ‘dumbing’ of information rather than the illumination of it.”
Michael Hoffman (source)
Nielsen Norman Group “The first requirement for an exemplary user experience is to meet the exact needs of the customer, without fuss or bother. Next comes simplicity and elegance that produce products that are a joy to own, a joy to use. True user experience goes far beyond giving customers what they say they want, or providing checklist features.”
Nielsen Norman Group (source)
Paul Rand “To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.”
Paul Rand (source)
Paul Rand “Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.”
Paul Rand (source)
Sharon Lee “The principles of good human-to-computer interface design are simplicity, support, clarity, encouragement, satisfaction, accessibility, versatility, and personalization. While it’s essential to heed these, it’s also important to empathize with and inspire your audience so they feel you’re treating them less like a faceless user and more like a human being.”
Sharon Lee (source)