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Designers have to be open to the changes that technology is making in our discipline

“I think that we, as designers, have to be completely open to the changes that technology is making in our discipline... as designers we need to be first in line to try the new technologies so that we can use the new technologies more to our advantage than to our detriment." - Debbie Millman

“I think that we, as designers, have to be completely open to the changes that technology is making in our discipline… as designers we need to be first in line to try the new technologies so that we can use the new technologies more to our advantage than to our detriment.” – Debbie Millman

Hear more from AIGA President Debbie Millman on the need for designers who are generally print focused to be open to new technologies.

“Because it sucks” is not a reason to redesign.

“‘Because it sucks’ is not a reason to redesign. ‘It sucks’ leaves the scope wide open with no measure of success. It’s a sure way to scrap the good decisions you made along with the mistakes. Instead, start the redesign with a question: ‘What is right about this design?’ Use that perspective to identify specific problems and then target those exact problems.” - Ryan Singer

“‘Because it sucks’ is not a reason to redesign. ‘It sucks’ leaves the scope wide open with no measure of success. It’s a sure way to scrap the good decisions you made along with the mistakes. Instead, start the redesign with a question: ‘What is right about this design?’ Use that perspective to identify specific problems and then target those exact problems.” – Ryan Singer

Ryan’s quote is from the 37signals blog “Signal vs. Noise.”

Think a lot less about technology for technology’s sake, and a lot more about design

“What’s next for technology and design? A lot less thinking about technology for technology’s sake, and a lot more thinking about design. Art humanizes technology and makes it understandable. Design is needed to make sense of information overload. It is why art and design will rise in importance during this century as we try to make sense of all the possibilities that digital technology now affords.” - John Maeda

“What’s next for technology and design? A lot less thinking about technology for technology’s sake, and a lot more thinking about design. Art humanizes technology and makes it understandable. Design is needed to make sense of information overload. It is why art and design will rise in importance during this century as we try to make sense of all the possibilities that digital technology now affords.” – John Maeda

This quote is from John’s article “Technology + Design = Apple.”

what’s next for technology and design? A lot less thinking about technology for technology’s sake, and a lot more thinking about design. Art humanizes technology and makes it understandable. Design is needed to make sense of information overload. It is why art and design will rise in importance during this century as we try to make sense of all the possibilities that digital technology now affords.

Good design is innovative. It does not produce novelty for the sake of it.

“Good design is innovative. It does not copy existing product forms, nor does it produce any kind of novelty for the sake of it. The essence of innovation must be clearly seen in all functions of a product.” - Dieter Rams

“Good design is innovative. It does not copy existing product forms, nor does it produce any kind of novelty for the sake of it. The essence of innovation must be clearly seen in all functions of a product.” – Dieter Rams

This quote is one of Dieter’s “10 Design Commandments.”

Thanks to Jeffrey Veen for sharing this quote during his UX Week presentation!

Designers take abstract things and make them more tangible

“Talking about design is an inherently fuzzy process... What designers do is take abstract things and make them more tangible.” - Todd Wilkens

“Talking about design is an inherently fuzzy process… What designers do is take abstract things and make them more tangible.” – Todd Wilkens

This quote is from Todd’s “Making Thinking Tangible” workshop presented at UX Week 2009.

Designers are trained to be courageous about the future—and making the future happen

“Designers are optimistic people who are trained to be courageous about the future—and making the future happen. They aren’t always aware of the intricacies of operations and the impacts of the solutions they propose, just like entrepreneurs, but they aren’t afraid of confronting a blank piece of paper (or screen or board) and getting to work making something new.” - Nathan Shedroff

“Designers are optimistic people who are trained to be courageous about the future—and making the future happen. They aren’t always aware of the intricacies of operations and the impacts of the solutions they propose, just like entrepreneurs, but they aren’t afraid of confronting a blank piece of paper (or screen or board) and getting to work making something new.” – Nathan Shedroff

This quote is from Kate Rutter’s 2008 interview with Nathan on the subject of the role of design in business.