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We should design things to convey whatever personality and emotions are desired

“Everything has a personality: everything sends an emotional signal. Even where this was not the intention of the designer, the people who view the website infer personalities and experience emotions. Bad websites have horrible personalities and instill horrid emotional states in their users, usually unwittingly. We need to design things–products, websites, services–to convey whatever personality and emotions are desired.” – Don Norman

Read more in Don’s interview with Johnny Holland: “Design Research and Innovation.”

Failure is a marker along the road to designing great experiences

“Failure and loss can be good. If you aren’t finding failure in your design work, then you aren’t really exploring all the possible solutions… Failure is not an end result if we have purpose and intention. It’s only a marker along the road to designing great experiences.” – Francisco Inchauste

Read more in Francisco’s article “Failure by Design.”

Truly great design occurs when the designer’s, client’s, and user’s perspectives are considered

“To the designer, great design is beautiful design. A significant amount of effort must be placed into making the product attractive. To the client, great design is effective. It must bring in customers and meet the goals put forth to the designer in the original brief. To the user, great design is functional. It’s easy to read, easy to use and easy to get out of it what was promised… Truly great design, then, is when these three perspectives are considered and implemented equally to create a final product that is beautiful, effective and functional.” – Joshua Johnson

Read more in Joshua’s article “The Difference Between Good Design and Great Design”

Design is underpinned by the designer’s ability to not only look, but also to see

“Design is underpinned by the designer’s ability to not only look, but also to see… The act of observation is not unique to design or design thinking, and design research is not the sole domain of the designer. It is in the seeing, in the sense-making, and in the questioning of what is observed that design sets itself apart.” – Steve Baty

This quote is from Steve’s Interactions Magazine article “Solving complex problems through design.”

Design can be visionary by presenting solutions to problems yet undefined

“As designers and architects of the future, we have an opportunity to play a powerful role in constructing reality and improving humanity’s experience on this planet. If the focus is only on a short term profit margin or a fad or a shiny new object, it will be an opportunity lost. Design can be reactionary, responding only to current conditions, or it can be visionary, by presenting solutions to problems yet undefined.” – Venessa Miemis

Read more in Venessa’s article “How Can Futures Thinking Amplify Design Thinking?”

In design one makes-to-think and thinks-to-make

“In design one makes-to-think and thinks-to-make. There’s no hard line between wondering about something and making that thing in the machine shop. The two go together without a hard distinction between thinking it up and making it up. In a design studio… the making is also the thinking. We don’t figure everything out and then just build it. Both of these materialization rituals are the same and interweave in a simple, clarifying way.” – Julian Bleecker

This quote is from Kicker Studio’s interview with Julian: “Six Questions from Kicker: Julian Bleecker.