Tag Archives: technology

We must re-think our design process to become melting pots of ideas, perspectives and skills

“Now more than ever in increasingly complex, transient times, the need for holistic experiences is vital… To approach such design as a ‘whole’ – we need to understand the varying concepts of time and data through the perspectives of cohabitants, technology and business interests alike… We must constantly re-think our process to become melting pots of ideas, perspectives and skills that not only drill deep, but also wide.” - Rahul Sen

Read more in Rahul’s Johnny Holland article “From whole to hole: a recipe for a holistic design process.”

The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world

“The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect – to help people work together – and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world.” – Weaving The Web by Tim Berners-Lee

Read more in Tim’s book Weaving The Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web.

Thanks to interaction-design.org for pointing to this quote!

In designing tools we are designing ways of being

“All new technologies develop within the background of a tacit understanding of human nature and human work. The use of technology in turn leads to fundamental changes in what we do, and ultimately in turn what it is to be human. We encounter the deep questions of design when we recognize that in designing tools we are designing ways of being.” – Understanding Computers and Cognition. A New Foundation for Design by Terry Winograd and  Fernando Flores

Read more by purchasing Terry and Fernando’s book Understanding Computers and Cognition. A New Foundation for Design.  Thanks to interaction-design.org for sharing this quote.

Technology creates the context for persuasion, but content persuades

“Technology creates the context for persuasion, but content persuades. Technology helps get content to the right people at the right time. The content still has to influence. Delivering the wrong content at the right time is as bad as delivering the right content at the wrong time.” - Colleen Jones

“Technology creates the context for persuasion, but content persuades. Technology helps get content to the right people at the right time. The content still has to influence. Delivering the wrong content at the right time is as bad as delivering the right content at the wrong time.” – Colleen Jones

Read more in Colleen’s article “An Almost Perfect Storm.”

Designers have to be open to the changes that technology is making in our discipline

“I think that we, as designers, have to be completely open to the changes that technology is making in our discipline... as designers we need to be first in line to try the new technologies so that we can use the new technologies more to our advantage than to our detriment." - Debbie Millman

“I think that we, as designers, have to be completely open to the changes that technology is making in our discipline… as designers we need to be first in line to try the new technologies so that we can use the new technologies more to our advantage than to our detriment.” – Debbie Millman

Hear more from AIGA President Debbie Millman on the need for designers who are generally print focused to be open to new technologies.

New technology is likely to make the least improvement in the ease of use of products

“Ironically, the thing that will likely make the least improvement in the ease of use of software-based products is new technology. There is little difference technically between a complicated, confusing program and a simple, fun, and powerful product.” - Alan Cooper

“Ironically, the thing that will likely make the least improvement in the ease of use of software-based products is new technology. There is little difference technically between a complicated, confusing program and a simple, fun, and powerful product.” – Alan Cooper

This quote is from Alan’s book “The Inmates are Running the Asylum.” This quote was also mentioned in Interaction-Design.org’s quote of the day.