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The best indicator of design success is a passion to make an impact

“I have no misconceptions that designers can ‘solve’ massive problems, or even approach them on their own without collaboration from other disciplines. But I feel strongly that designers make great agents of change and can champion new and novel approaches to old and tired problems. The best indicator of design success, in my experience, is a passion to make an impact.” – Jon Kolko

Read more in Jon’s Johnny Holland article “The Strange Connection between Entitlement, Social Innovation, and Interaction Design”.

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!

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.”

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!

If we want to create passionate users, we have to help them get better.

“If we want to create passionate users, we have to help them get better.  Nobody’s passionate about things they suck at. If we can help them have richer, deeper, better experiences, we have a chance of making them passionate... If we could help our users be awesome, what would that mean to them?” - Kathy Sierra

“If we want to create passionate users, we have to help them get better.  Nobody’s passionate about things they suck at. If we can help them have richer, deeper, better experiences, we have a chance of making them passionate… If we could help our users be awesome, what would that mean to them?” – Kathy Sierra

This quote is from Kathy’s Ignite presentation “Being Better is Better.” View the video or Joey deVilla’s summary of this presentation for more great insights.

Have undying, unending passion for design

“If I could tell you one thing about getting involved in design, it would be to have passion. Have undying, unending passion for what it is you’re doing. You’ll run up against people who don’t understand it, who don’t want to pay for it, who don’t respect it. Ultimately, none of that matters if you have the passion to make it happen.” - Jon Kolko

“If I could tell you one thing about getting involved in design, it would be to have passion. Have undying, unending passion for what it is you’re doing. You’ll run up against people who don’t understand it, who don’t want to pay for it, who don’t respect it. Ultimately, none of that matters if you have the passion to make it happen.” – Jon Kolko

This quote is from the School of Visual Art’s video series “Video Notes from the Field” in which design experts discuss their advice about becoming a designer.