Tag Archives: people

Give users what they actually want

“Give users what they actually want, not what they say they want.  And whatever you do, don’t give them new features just because your competitors have them!” - Kathy Sierra

“Give users what they actually want, not what they say they want.  And whatever you do, don’t give them new features just because your competitors have them!” – Kathy Sierra

Read Kathy’s article “Featuritis vs. the Happy User Peak” here.

Meet your users’ needs at the instant they need it

\"When creating great experiences, it\'s not so much about doing what users expect. Instead, it\'s about creating a design that clearly meets their needs at the instant they need it.\" - Jared Spool

“When creating great experiences, it’s not so much about doing what users expect. Instead, it’s about creating a design that clearly meets their needs at the instant they need it.” – Jared Spool

Read Jared’s article “The Wheres and Whens of Users’ Expectations” here.

Each moment is an important piece of the whole experience

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“Each moment has the potential to increase a user’s confidence or destroy his trust in a product or a company, and each one is an important piece of the whole experience. Why? Because the task a person is attempting to complete at any given moment is the most important task to that person, at that moment. It is our job to make sure nothing goes wrong.  To make sure that moment is enjoyable and productive, and helps our user feel smart.” – Designing the Moment by Robert Hoekman Jr.

Purchase Designing the Moment here or check out a sample chapter of the book on Robert Hoekman Jr.’s site.

Read David Fiorito’s thoughts on Designing the Moment here.

Usability is a necessary condition for survival

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“On the Web, usability is a necessary condition for survival. If a website is difficult to use, people leave. If the homepage fails to clearly state what a company offers and what users can do on the site, people leave. If users get lost on a website, they leave. If a website’s information is hard to read or doesn’t answer users’ key questions, they leave. Note a pattern here?” – Jakob Nielsen

Read Jakob’s take on why usability is important in his article “Usability 101: Definition and Fundamentals – What, Why, How” here.

Good design must have an impact on people’s lives

\"Good design must necessarily, in my opinion, have an impact on people\'s lives, no matter how seemingly small. Good design changes things.\" - Garr Reynolds

“Good design must necessarily, in my opinion, have an impact on people’s lives, no matter how seemingly small. Good design changes things.” – Garr Reynolds

Check out Garr’s article “Why Design Matters” here.

Focus first on the overall experience

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“The customers, the visitors, the patients, the readers, the guests, whatever you call them – their experience is what determines the company’s success or failure. So focus first on the overall experience. It’s strategic, not tactical. It’s about the people, not the tool. Focusing on the larger picture first will set a better context in which to work – later – on usability tactics.” – Mark Hurst

Read Mark’s article “The top 8 mistakes in usability (and companies investing in it)” here.