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Manage the task the user wishes to complete, not the content or technology

“How do we professionally manage content? We don’t. We shouldn’t manage content in the same way that we shouldn’t manage technology. Content and technology are merely a means to an end. What is the end? The end is the task the customer wishes to complete. That is what we should manage.” - Gerry McGovern

“How do we professionally manage content? We don’t. We shouldn’t manage content in the same way that we shouldn’t manage technology. Content and technology are merely a means to an end. What is the end? The end is the task the customer wishes to complete. That is what we should manage.” – Gerry McGovern

Read more from Gerry in his article “The Problem with Dirty Data”.

Think a lot less about technology for technology’s sake, and a lot more about design

“What’s next for technology and design? A lot less thinking about technology for technology’s sake, and a lot more thinking about design. Art humanizes technology and makes it understandable. Design is needed to make sense of information overload. It is why art and design will rise in importance during this century as we try to make sense of all the possibilities that digital technology now affords.” - John Maeda

“What’s next for technology and design? A lot less thinking about technology for technology’s sake, and a lot more thinking about design. Art humanizes technology and makes it understandable. Design is needed to make sense of information overload. It is why art and design will rise in importance during this century as we try to make sense of all the possibilities that digital technology now affords.” – John Maeda

This quote is from John’s article “Technology + Design = Apple.”

what’s next for technology and design? A lot less thinking about technology for technology’s sake, and a lot more thinking about design. Art humanizes technology and makes it understandable. Design is needed to make sense of information overload. It is why art and design will rise in importance during this century as we try to make sense of all the possibilities that digital technology now affords.

UX is about technology that fulfils more than just instrumental needs

“UX is about technology that fulfils more than just instrumental needs in a way that acknowledges its use as a subjective, situated, complex and dynamic encounter. UX is a consequence of a user’s internal state, the characteristics of the designed system and the context within which the interaction occurs.” - Marc Hassenzahl and Noam Tractinsky

“UX is about technology that fulfils more than just instrumental needs in a way that acknowledges its use as a subjective, situated, complex and dynamic encounter. UX is a consequence of a user’s internal state, the characteristics of the designed system and the context within which the interaction occurs.” – Marc Hassenzahl and Noam Tractinsky

Read more from Marc and Noam in their paper “User Experience – A Research Agenda.” This paper was referenced in Will Evans’ article “Design Ethnography & Mood Maps.”

Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life.

“Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life. They’re able to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and society and convert those changes into objects and ideas that people can understand.” - Paola Antonelli

“Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life. They’re able to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and society and convert those changes into objects and ideas that people can understand.” – Paola Antonelli

Read more from Paola in her article “Core Principles” from Seed Magazine.  Also, check out Paola’s other quotes on inspireUX.

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

Simply using Web 2.0 technologies does not guarantee an optimal experience

“The Web 2.0 architecture still needs much work... As Spiderman’s Uncle Ben pointed out, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ Just because we can do all these [Web 2.0] things doesn’t mean we should do them... [It is easy to] imagine designers going wild with the capabilities of this new technology and not using the restraint necessary to ensure they produce an optimal experience.” - Jared Spool

“The Web 2.0 architecture still needs much work… As Spiderman’s Uncle Ben pointed out, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ Just because we can do all these [Web 2.0] things doesn’t mean we should do them… [It is easy to] imagine designers going wild with the capabilities of this new technology and not using the restraint necessary to ensure they produce an optimal experience.” – Jared Spool

This quote is from Jared’s article “Web 2.0: The Power Behind the Hype.” Quote submitted by my Vanguard coworker, Brian Nothacker.

Special thanks to Whitney Hess for including inspireUX in her blogs.com listing of the 10 Best UX (User Experience) Design Blogs! It is quite an honor to be included among so many excellent contributors to the field.