Tag Archives: design

It takes a passionate commitment to thoroughly understand something

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“To design something really well you have to get it.  You have to really grok what it’s all about.  It takes a passionate commitment to thoroughly understand something – chew it up, not just quickly swallow it.  Most people don’t take the time to do that… The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better designs we will have.” – Steve Jobs

Read the Wired article “Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing” to read Steve’s full reply to the question: “Why aren’t more products made with the aesthetics of great design?”

Sometimes, you have to design from the gut

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“Sometimes, you have to design from the gut. The funny thing about the gut is that, rather than experience, the best UX designers I know operate from a perspective of determining what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s ugly.” – Ryan Freitas

Quote from Adaptive Path’s June 17th email newsletter.  Read Ryan’s thoughts on the recent MySpace redesign project here.

Be willing to entertain crazy, competing, or uncomfortable ideas

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“Good designers relentlessly generate lots of ideas and open-mindedly consider alternative solutions. At no time are good designers frightened to entertain a crazy, competing, or uncomfortable idea.” – Karl Ulrich

Read Karl’s article “Design A Solution” from Fast Company here

Think of your work not as a job, but as a calling

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“If you look at some of the best, most inspirational practitioners in our field you’ll see that they think of their work, not as a job, but as a calling. They see the impact of technology on people’s lives as important. They feel that good design makes the world a better place — and that bad design can make life miserable… So my advice is: find your passion, pursue it and your career will take care of itself.” – David Travis

As someone relatively new to this field, this quote really spoke to me, and is probably my favorite out of all that I have posted so far. No matter what field you’re in, passion is extremely important.

Read an interview with David Travis on the User Experience Network here.

A truly great design is innovative and revolutionary

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“A truly great design is innovative and revolutionary. It’s built on a fresh idea that breaks all previous rules and assumptions but is so elegant it appears simple and natural once it has been created.” – David Ngo

View David’s humorous video “Design Session 01″ here

What it means to be a compassionate designer

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“What exactly does it mean to be a compassionate designer? It means doing things that help us not only understand, but relate to the users we design for. To feel for them. To put ourselves in their shoes, even if our own lives are totally opposite from them. Sound simple? It is. You just have to do it.” – David Armano

Another great one from David. Read his article on Creating Compassionate Designers for tips on how to develop compassion for our users.