Tag Archives: emotion

Designs should intice passion and make people feel engaged and energized

“Ease of use isn’t the only measure of a positive user experience; pleasurably is just as important. Something can be dead simple, but if it’s outrageously boring or cold it can feel harder to get through. Designs should have flourishes of warmth, kindness, whimsy, richness, seduction, wit — anything that incites passion and makes the person feel engaged and energized.” - Whitney Hess

“Ease of use isn’t the only measure of a positive user experience; pleasurably is just as important. Something can be dead simple, but if it’s outrageously boring or cold it can feel harder to get through. Designs should have flourishes of warmth, kindness, whimsy, richness, seduction, wit — anything that incites passion and makes the person feel engaged and energized.” – Whitney Hess

This quote is from Whitney’s fabulous article “So you wanna be a user experience designer — Step 2: Guiding Principles”. Check it out – it’s full of great insights and inspiration!

Don’t just eliminate user error, design for user delight

“It isn’t sufficient to simply eliminate user error—designing user delight is the goal.” - IBM Design

“It isn’t sufficient to simply eliminate user error—designing user delight is the goal.” – IBM Design

This quote is from IBM Design’s Twitter feed.

Great design is storytelling at its finest

“Great design is storytelling at its finest; it is insightful, sincere and evokes emotion and change. Design is at the center of the user experience and it is the designer’s responsibility to make the experience remarkable for both the client and their audience.” - Jim Antonopoulos

“Great design is storytelling at its finest; it is insightful, sincere and evokes emotion and change. Design is at the center of the user experience and it is the designer’s responsibility to make the experience remarkable for both the client and their audience.” – Jim Antonopoulos

This quote is from Jim’s thoughts on “Why Design?” from Design Victoria.

Thanks to Bella Martin for submitting this quote!

Great design gives us something to relate to and to feel connected with

“Great design in the end will give us something to relate to, to feel connected with, and to reinforce our humanity. Tapping that right balance between emotion and logic, chaos and control, analog and digital, is the key to this success. We can no longer rely on ‘form follows function.’ Form has to be parallel to function, as function is growing in commodity.” - David Malouf

“Great design in the end will give us something to relate to, to feel connected with, and to reinforce our humanity. Tapping that right balance between emotion and logic, chaos and control, analog and digital, is the key to this success. We can no longer rely on ‘form follows function.’ Form has to be parallel to function, as function is growing in commodity.” – David Malouf

Read David’s article “Move beyond function towards connection” for more on what it means for a user to be connected to a product. Also read Michael Angeles’ commentary on the article here.

We need to build products that bring joy and excitement to people’s lives

“It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.” - Don Norman

“It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.” – Don Norman

This quote is from Don’s article “Introduction to This Special Section on Beauty, Goodness, and Usability” from the publication “Human-Computer Interaction”

(EDIT: URL to the article has been updated.  Click on the “View Article” link on that page to view the PDF)

When useful and useable meet delight—great things happen.

“I believe that logic + emotion are a winning combination. When useful and useable meet delight—great things happen. It’s about balance.” - David Armano

“I believe that logic + emotion are a winning combination. When useful and useable meet delight—great things happen. It’s about balance.” – David Armano

Read David’s short but powerful blog entry “A Simple Philosophy” here.