Tag Archives: design

Design is not just about solving for the negative; It’s about creating a positive.

“For a solution to be truly sustainable and good it must have a positive return to the environment and society. At the heart of any design problem is a question: Are we trying to make something less bad or are we trying to make things better?… It’s not just about solving for the negative; It’s about creating a positive.” – Eric Wicks

This quote is from Eric’s article “Solving Better Problems.”

Good designers have the trained ability to represent the world as others expect to see it

“The brilliance of a good designer is not defined by her ability to represent the world as she sees it, but by her trained ability to represent it as others expect to see it.” – Nishant Kothary

Read more in Nishant’s UX Magazine article “Predictable Design.”

The one characteristic that separates designers from others is action

“Designers are an odd lot: creative, moody, pensive, thoughtful, weird. But the one characteristic that separates designers from others is action. They make stuff that didn’t exist before. They take the idea living deep inside their head and pull it out, realizing it in a drawing, prototype, or product. Unlike most people, they don’t just think about it. They don’t just brainstorm. They don’t just imagine something better and then talk themselves out of it. Instead, they act.” – Joshua Porter

Read more in Joshua’s 52 Weeks of UX article “Dreamers of Day.”

We should treat design as a verb, a process, a way of creating positive change in the world

“Stop treating design as a noun. When we talk about it as such, the world stops listening and starts wondering which color the designers are going to pick for the drapes… We would all be better off treating design as a verb, a process, a way of approaching challenges which designers and nondesigners alike can learn to use to create positive change in the world.” – Diego Rodriguez

This quote is from Diego’s BusinessWeek article “Why Design Matters.”

Good designers want to be proved wrong, bad designers hope to be proved right

“Good designers want to be proved wrong, bad designers hope to be proved right.” – Andy Budd

This quote is from Andy’s February 2nd tweet.  Thanks to @bokardo and @shedd for mentioning this tweet!

Beyond performing a purpose in a good way, the purpose itself has to be good

“Good design admits to the deeper insight that beyond performing a purpose in a good way, the purpose itself has to be good.” – Konstantin Grcic

This quote is from the Serpentine Gallery’s Design Real exhibit.

Thanks to Johanna Kollmann for tweeting this quote!