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Design needs to be embedded as a competency within an organization

“Think of design as an activity that anyone in the organization can engage with... design is not the purview of some special elite group. Design needs to be embedded as a competency within an organization – something that everybody can get involved with.” - Peter Merholz

“Think of design as an activity that anyone in the organization can engage with… design is not the purview of some special elite group. Design needs to be embedded as a competency within an organization – something that everybody can get involved with.” – Peter Merholz

Listen to the BusinessWeek podcast “It’s the Experience That Counts” for a discussion of how focusing on consumers’ experience of new products and services can inform and shape design.

Defy the traditional and color outside the lines

“When a business defies the traditional, when it ‘colors outside the lines,’ customers often receive exceptional experiences.” - The Starbucks Experience by Joseph A. Michelli

“When a business defies the traditional, when it ‘colors outside the lines,’ customers often receive exceptional experiences.” – The Starbucks Experience by Joseph A. Michelli

You can purchase The Starbucks Experience here.

A quality user experience is an essential, sustainable competitive advantage

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“Businesses have now come to recognize that providing a quality user experience is an essential, sustainable competitive advantage. It is user experience that forms the customer’s impression of the company’s offerings, it is user experience that differentiates the company from its competitors, and it is user experience that determines whether your customer will ever come back.” – The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett

Purchase Jesse’s book The Elements of User Experience here or check out Peter Morville’s article “User Experience Strategy” that mentions this quote.

Good IA increases both human satisfaction and your company’s profits

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“Good information architecture makes users less alienated and suppressed by technology. It simultaneously increases human satisfaction and your company’s profits. Very few jobs allow you to do both at the same time, so enjoy.” – Jakob Nielsen in Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Louis Rosenfeld & Peter Morville

Make sure you pick up Information Architecture for the World Wide Web if you’re an information architect or are interested in information architecture.

Customers don’t view a company in terms of silos or business units

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“We can’t forget that customers don’t view a company in terms of silos or business units. They couldn’t care less about how an organization is structured. What they want is an intuitive experience that draws them into an experience that excites their senses.” – Judy McLeish

Quote submitted by Judy McLeish of McDaniel Partners

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Customer focus is the beginning, middle and end of a successful web strategy

\"Being customer focused is not some ‘nice thing to do.’ Customer focus is about hard-edged business. Customers are hugely impatient on the Web. They don’t need to hang around a website that is not directly focused on them. Customer focus is the beginning, middle and end of a successful web strategy.\" - Gerry McGovern

“Being customer focused is not some ‘nice thing to do.’ Customer focus is about hard-edged business. Customers are hugely impatient on the Web. They don’t need to hang around a website that is not directly focused on them. Customer focus is the beginning, middle and end of a successful web strategy.” – Gerry McGovern

Read UIE’s interview with Gerry McGovern, “The Importance of a Customer-Centric Design Approach,” here