Tag Archives: design

There are no simple “right” answers for most web design questions

“There are no simple ‘right’ answers for most web design questions (at least not for the important ones). What works is good, integrated design that fills a need—carefully thought out, well executed, and tested.” – Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

Be sure to pick up Steve’s book Don’t Make Me Think if you haven’t already.  It is a great overview of basic usability topics.

Information architecture is about mission-critical infrastructure

“Information architecture is not about surface glamor; it’s about mission-critical infrastructure.  And infrastructure has widespread and long-term impact. The ripples of our designs spread outwards, affecting the work of interface designers, programmers, authors, and eventually users... As we design the legacy information architectures of tomorrow, we should consider our responsibility to the big here and the long now.” - Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Louis Rosenfeld & Peter Morville

“Information architecture is not about surface glamor; it’s about mission-critical infrastructure.  And infrastructure has widespread and long-term impact. The ripples of our designs spread outwards, affecting the work of interface designers, programmers, authors, and eventually users… As we design the legacy information architectures of tomorrow, we should consider our responsibility to the big here and the long now.” – Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Louis Rosenfeld & Peter Morville

Purchase Information Architecutre for the World Wide Web for a great overview of Information Architecture.

Design software to behave like a likeable person

“If we want users to like our software, we should design it to behave like a likeable person.” - Alan Cooper

“If we want users to like our software, we should design it to behave like a likeable person.” – Alan Cooper

Purchase Alan Cooper’s book The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity here.

Design constitutes the quality of life

Design is the term we use to describe both the process and the result of giving tangible form to human ideas. Design doesn’t just contribute to the quality of life; design, in many ways, now constitutes the quality of life.

“Design is the term we use to describe both the process and the result of giving tangible form to human ideas. Design doesn’t just contribute to the quality of life; design, in many ways, now constitutes the quality of life.” – Peter Lawrence

Peter is the Founder of the Corporate Design Foundation, a non-profit education and research organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life and the effectiveness of organizations through design.

Confusion and clutter are the failure of design, not the attributes of information

Confusion and clutter are the failure of design, not the attributes of information. - Edward R. Tufte

“Confusion and clutter are the failure of design, not the attributes of information.” – Edward R. Tufte

Quote retrieved from PageThinker’s collection of design quotes.  Check out Edward Tufte’s books for some great thoughts on how to visualize and display information.

Great designers don’t let constraints limit their design

“A good designer can create a design that accommodates all the constraints and still delivers an elegant, satisfying experience to the user. A great designer can go beyond this and create a design that demonstrates that some of those constraints weren’t really there to begin with.” - Jesse James Garrett

“A good designer can create a design that accommodates all the constraints and still delivers an elegant, satisfying experience to the user. A great designer can go beyond this and create a design that demonstrates that some of those constraints weren’t really there to begin with.” – Jesse James Garrett

Read Jesse’s article “Aurora: Forecasting the Future” for his thoughts on the challenges surrounding Adaptive Path’s latest design concept.