Tag Archives: design

We must re-think our design process to become melting pots of ideas, perspectives and skills

“Now more than ever in increasingly complex, transient times, the need for holistic experiences is vital… To approach such design as a ‘whole’ – we need to understand the varying concepts of time and data through the perspectives of cohabitants, technology and business interests alike… We must constantly re-think our process to become melting pots of ideas, perspectives and skills that not only drill deep, but also wide.” - Rahul Sen

Read more in Rahul’s Johnny Holland article “From whole to hole: a recipe for a holistic design process.”

Scientists identify components of existing structures, designers shape components of new structures

“Scientists try to identify the components of existing structures, designers try to shape the components of new structures.” - Notes on the Synthesis of Form by Christopher Alexander

Read more in Christopher’s book Notes on the Synthesis of Form.

Thanks to Marcos Nähr for submitting this quote!   Use the form on the right side of this page to submit a quote!

Good design is what separates the best from the “good enough”

“Good design speaks. Good design tells your visitors that you care about your product. Good design at the front-end suggests that everything is in order at the back-end, whether or not that is the case. Good design is what separates the best from the ‘good-enough.’” – Dmitry Fadeyev

Read more in Dmitry UsabilityPost article “The Value of Good Design.”

Design is not added value; design is value.

“Design is not added value; design is value.” – Gui Bonsiepe

This quote is from designer Gui Bonsiepe’s speech at the ESDi School of Design in Spain.  Gui’s quote was cited in the article “Co-design, not ego-design! Some thoughts on contemporary design”

The true mark of an effective designer is the ability to answer “why?”

“Your work should have purpose—addressing actual, urgent problems that people are facing. Make sure that you can clearly articulate the core of the issue before spending an ounce of time on developing the design. The true mark of an effective designer is the ability to answer ‘why?’. Don’t waste your time solving the wrong problems.” – Whitney Hess

This quote is from Whitney’s excellent article “Guiding Principles for UX Designers.”

Design should put concerns for the planet equal to concerns for the user and the client’s bottom line

“All designers have an influence on the future of the earth through their work, and they can all work towards more sustainable solutions and to optimize the products, services or environments they work with within the limitations of the task at hand… Fundamentally speaking, sustainable design solutions are about making informed choices where concerns for the planet carry equal weight to concerns for the user and the bottom line of the client for whom the design is developed.” – Danish Designers Manifesto

This quote is from the fantastic design manifesto from danishdesigners.com. Read the full report here (PDF).

Thanks to @behoff for tweeting about the report.