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Intuitive design lets you keep your attention on what you’re trying to accomplish

“A design is intuitive when people just know what to do and they don’t have to go through any training to get there... When a design is not intuitive, our attention moves away from what we’re trying to accomplish to how we can get the interface to accomplish what we want.” - Jared Spool

“A design is intuitive when people just know what to do and they don’t have to go through any training to get there… When a design is not intuitive, our attention moves away from what we’re trying to accomplish to how we can get the interface to accomplish what we want.” – Jared Spool

This quote is from Jared’s excellent presentation entitled “What Makes a Design Seem Intuitive?” given at the joint PhillyCHI and UsabilityNJ meeting on July 15, 2009.

Read more quotes from Jared.

Designers must deliver not just beautification, but substantial change

“The people in business must understand what they can achieve with designers. Designers have to understand that they really must deliver to business not just beautification, or another form of it, but substantial change.” - Hartmut Esslinger

“The people in business must understand what they can achieve with designers. Designers have to understand that they really must deliver to business not just beautification, or another form of it, but substantial change.” – Hartmut Esslinger

This quote is from a video interview with Hartmut, frog design founder and former CEO.

Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life.

“Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life. They’re able to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and society and convert those changes into objects and ideas that people can understand.” - Paola Antonelli

“Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life. They’re able to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and society and convert those changes into objects and ideas that people can understand.” – Paola Antonelli

Read more from Paola in her article “Core Principles” from Seed Magazine.  Also, check out Paola’s other quotes on inspireUX.

To succeed in the ever changing design world, we need to have a strong passion for what we do

“If we are going to succeed in anything, especially the ever changing design world, we are going to have to have a strong passion for what we do... Our passion is going to be the driving force behind our motivation (even when we have none) to be the best, to make a contribution to the design community. It will provide the fuel to go the extra mile for clients and for ourselves.” - Aaron Irizarry

“If we are going to succeed in anything, especially the ever changing design world, we are going to have to have a strong passion for what we do… Our passion is going to be the driving force behind our motivation (even when we have none) to be the best, to make a contribution to the design community. It will provide the fuel to go the extra mile for clients and for ourselves.” – Aaron Irizarry

Read more from Aaron in his article “How to Stay Ahead of the Curve as a Designer.”

Designs should be informed, but not solely determined by user experience data.

“Smart graphic design is always some balance of current expressive trends, information architecture, classical layout aesthetics, and detailed research on user preferences and motivations. You should never ignore solid user experience data, but mountains of data won’t auto-magically build you a successful site. Design is a synthetic activity. It can be informed by the results of analysis, but the tools of analysis don’t create beautiful designs.” - Patrick Lynch

“Smart graphic design is always some balance of current expressive trends, information architecture, classical layout aesthetics, and detailed research on user preferences and motivations. You should never ignore solid user experience data, but mountains of data won’t auto-magically build you a successful site. Design is a synthetic activity. It can be informed by the results of analysis, but the tools of analysis don’t create beautiful designs.” – Patrick Lynch

Patrick’s quote is from the article “Visual Desision Making.”

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Design, in the end, is about creating better things for people

“Design, in the end, is about creating better things for people. Along the way, it can generate better profits as well.” - Bruce Nussbaum

“Design, in the end, is about creating better things for people. Along the way, it can generate better profits as well.” – Bruce Nussbaum

Read Bruce’s interview with Peter Lawrence, chairman of the Corporate Design Foundation, for his thoughts on why “designers must take the lead in the New Economy.”

Thanks to @ibmdesign for sharing this quote.