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Designers exist to come in, assess what has been failing, and offer up solutions for the future

“The entire profession of design is one rooted in failure, for without it there would be no need for designers. Designers exist to come in, assess what has been failing, and offer up solutions for the future. Even the process of creating that solution is made up of a variety of failures that lead the designer to a single golden idea. The more we design, the more failures we are exposed to, and the better our work becomes in the future for having learned what not to do.” - Brad Nunnally

“The entire profession of design is one rooted in failure, for without it there would be no need for designers. Designers exist to come in, assess what has been failing, and offer up solutions for the future. Even the process of creating that solution is made up of a variety of failures that lead the designer to a single golden idea. The more we design, the more failures we are exposed to, and the better our work becomes in the future for having learned what not to do.” – Brad Nunnally

This quote is from Brad’s article “Designers: Dare to Fail.”

Designers should be the kind of people who stand up and tell it like it is

“Designers should be arbiters of the truth: They should be the kind of people who stand up and tell it like it is, and that usually calls for courage.” - Kevin Mattice

“Designers should be arbiters of the truth: They should be the kind of people who stand up and tell it like it is, and that usually calls for courage.” – Kevin Mattice

This quote is from Kevin’s guest post “The Clear War” on Dustin Curtis’ blog.

Thanks Paul Seys for your tweet pointing to this quote!

As designers we are helping to define the culture of our society

“Every design decision... contributes to the behavior of the masses, and helps define the culture of our society. This describes an enormous opportunity for designers, one that is rarely realized. We are, quite literally, building the culture around us; arguably, our effect is larger and more immediate than even policy decisions of our government. We are responsible for both the positive and negative repercussions of our design decisions, and these decisions have monumental repercussions.” - Jon Kolko

“Every design decision… contributes to the behavior of the masses, and helps define the culture of our society. This describes an enormous opportunity for designers, one that is rarely realized. We are, quite literally, building the culture around us; arguably, our effect is larger and more immediate than even policy decisions of our government. We are responsible for both the positive and negative repercussions of our design decisions, and these decisions have monumental repercussions.” – Jon Kolko

This quote is from Jon’s article “Our Misguided Focus on Brand and User Experience.”

Designers take what is just a faint glimmer in the mind’s eye and give it shape and life

“Designers can show us a better future, can present us with all kinds of new possibilities so that we can decide: Is this what we want? Before any of that can happen, though, the designer must first commit—by taking what is just a faint glimmer in the mind’s eye and giving it shape and life.” - Warren Berger

“Designers can show us a better future, can present us with all kinds of new possibilities so that we can decide: Is this what we want? Before any of that can happen, though, the designer must first commit—by taking what is just a faint glimmer in the mind’s eye and giving it shape and life.” – Warren Berger

This quote is from Warren’s article “Four Things I’ve Learned About Designers.”

Good designers can create normalcy out of chaos

“Good designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures.” - The Art & Science of Web Design by  Jeffrey Veen

“Good designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures.” – The Art & Science of Web Design by  Jeffrey Veen

Purchase Jeffrey’s book The Art & Science of Web Design here.

Prototyping has given us the power to show and tell the story of our design solutions

“Any design based on a written spec is a design based on theory. A design based on a prototype is a design based on experience and practice... Prototyping has given us the power to show and tell the story of our design solutions to any given problem rather than just tell the story waving our hands in the air to describe the magic.” - Todd Zaki Warfel

“Any design based on a written spec is a design based on theory. A design based on a prototype is a design based on experience and practice… Prototyping has given us the power to show and tell the story of our design solutions to any given problem rather than just tell the story waving our hands in the air to describe the magic.” – Todd Zaki Warfel

Read more in an interview with Todd called “The Power of Prototyping” from Johnny Holland.