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Design, in the end, is about creating better things for people

“Design, in the end, is about creating better things for people. Along the way, it can generate better profits as well.” - Bruce Nussbaum

“Design, in the end, is about creating better things for people. Along the way, it can generate better profits as well.” – Bruce Nussbaum

Read Bruce’s interview with Peter Lawrence, chairman of the Corporate Design Foundation, for his thoughts on why “designers must take the lead in the New Economy.”

Thanks to @ibmdesign for sharing this quote.

Sites that embrace natural elegance add an element of personal feeling

“Natural elegance deals with the ‘feel’ a website or application expresses through its behavior over time, and which is rooted in the rules of order that govern nature... It’s possible to create perfectly pleasing websites by focusing only on formal, structural, and logical elegance. But those sites that embrace [natural] elegance feel to users like living beings who speak meaningful words; they are the marriage of form, function, pleasing content, and personal feeling.” - David Sherwin

“Natural elegance deals with the ‘feel’ a website or application expresses through its behavior over time, and which is rooted in the rules of order that govern nature… It’s possible to create perfectly pleasing websites by focusing only on formal, structural, and logical elegance. But those sites that embrace [natural] elegance feel to users like living beings who speak meaningful words; they are the marriage of form, function, pleasing content, and personal feeling.” – David Sherwin

This quote is from David’s A List Apart article “The Elegance of Imperfection”.

Good design produces something the world didn’t know it was missing

“People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.” - Paola Antonelli

“People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.” – Paola Antonelli

Paola’s quote is from a design round table discussion conducted by Wired.com. Paola is a curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Designers must completely immerse themselves in the point of view of the user

“[The responsibility of the designer] is to step out of their own perspective, to really exercise their empathy and really completely immerse themselves in the point of view, and the psychological state, of the person who will be using the product.” - Jesse James Garrett

“[The responsibility of the designer] is to step out of their own perspective, to really exercise their empathy and really completely immerse themselves in the point of view, and the psychological state, of the person who will be using the product.” – Jesse James Garrett

This quote is from a podcast with Jesse entitled “What the Heck is User Experience Design??!! (And Why Should I Care?)” from Teresa Brazen’s blog Tea with Teresa.

Design strategy is about understanding and meeting needs and aspirations

“Design strategy is about serving people... The real challenge is in trying to solve the human problem. It’s about understanding their needs, their aspirations, and then meeting them in some way. So we are serving them. But sometimes their needs are to be surprised and delighted, and they can’t tell us how to surprise and delight them. That has to come from us as creative people in our profession.” - Chris Hosmer

“Design strategy is about serving people… The real challenge is in trying to solve the human problem. It’s about understanding their needs, their aspirations, and then meeting them in some way. So we are serving them. But sometimes their needs are to be surprised and delighted, and they can’t tell us how to surprise and delight them. That has to come from us as creative people in our profession.” – Chris Hosmer

This quote is from the Design Strategy Group Continuum‘s excellent video on design strategy.

Thanks to a tweet from @tyeshasnow for sharing this video.

When we advocate for the user, we are simultaneously advocating for our team

“Paradoxically, when we advocate for the user within our product or service development teams, we are, in effect, simultaneously advocating for the team to our users.” - Michael Cummings

“Paradoxically, when we advocate for the user within our product or service development teams, we are, in effect, simultaneously advocating for the team to our users.” – Michael Cummings

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