Tag Archives: design

Good design is about effective communication, not decoration at the expense of legibility

“Good design is about effective communication, not decoration at the expense of legibility.” – Vitaly Friedman

This quote is from Vitaly’s Smashing Magazine article “The Current State of Web Design: Trends 2010.”

Great designers demand great design in everything they do

“A good designer is a very opinionated person. They are stubborn. They pay attention to details. They work tirelessly to make sure everything is perfect. Something an average person would never even notice, drives a great designer nuts. And great designers don’t just care about the applications and websites they are building, but demand great design in everything they do.” – Sachin Agarwal

This quote is from Sachin’s article “I’m not just a product designer, I’m an experience designer.”

Thanks to @IDSA and @mmagoo for pointing to this quote!

Quality design communicates with its audience and delivers the message it is intended to deliver

“Quality design communicates with its audience. It delivers the message it is intended to deliver. Nothing more, nothing less.” – Paul Scrivens

Read more in Paul’s article “The Differences Between Good Designers and Great Designers.”

To be great designers, we need to improve our mental game

“To be great designers, we need to improve our mental game. We have many ways to get our minds in shape to be the best tool in our arsenal. When we get in the ring with the client, we need to be ready to take some punches. We also need to be trained and armed with the fundamentals so that we can help clients understand that we’re not just sharing our feelings or loose opinions but that we have sound reasons behind our design choices.” – Francisco Inchauste

Read more in the Smashing Magazine article “The Dying Art of Design.”

Good web design is about the character of the content, not the character of the designer

“Good web design is about the character of the content, not the character of the designer.” - Jeffrey Zeldman

This quote was mentioned in Jeffrey’s 2008 An Event Apart presentation as well as his presentation at the 2008 AIGA Business and Design Conference.

Thanks to Derek Nelson (@dN_redNests) for pointing out this quote!

Design is about the perfect fusion of passion and knowledge

“Design is about the perfect fusion of passion and knowledge. Your passion has to come from within you and your knowledge has to come from a lot of dedicated study and practice… Just educate yourself. It doesn’t matter HOW, just get educated about design. Mix that with your passion to create, and you’ll be successful.” – Preston D. Lee

This quote was cited in Ally E. Hardgrave’s article “Make your design career a reality through the power of passion.”