Tag Archives: visual design

Designers must deliver not just beautification, but substantial change

“The people in business must understand what they can achieve with designers. Designers have to understand that they really must deliver to business not just beautification, or another form of it, but substantial change.” - Hartmut Esslinger

“The people in business must understand what they can achieve with designers. Designers have to understand that they really must deliver to business not just beautification, or another form of it, but substantial change.” – Hartmut Esslinger

This quote is from a video interview with Hartmut, frog design founder and former CEO.

Designs should be informed, but not solely determined by user experience data.

“Smart graphic design is always some balance of current expressive trends, information architecture, classical layout aesthetics, and detailed research on user preferences and motivations. You should never ignore solid user experience data, but mountains of data won’t auto-magically build you a successful site. Design is a synthetic activity. It can be informed by the results of analysis, but the tools of analysis don’t create beautiful designs.” - Patrick Lynch

“Smart graphic design is always some balance of current expressive trends, information architecture, classical layout aesthetics, and detailed research on user preferences and motivations. You should never ignore solid user experience data, but mountains of data won’t auto-magically build you a successful site. Design is a synthetic activity. It can be informed by the results of analysis, but the tools of analysis don’t create beautiful designs.” – Patrick Lynch

Patrick’s quote is from the article “Visual Desision Making.”

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Attractive things work better

“Attractive things work better... When you wash and wax a car, it drives better, doesn’t it? Or at least feels like it does.” - Don Norman

“Attractive things work better… When you wash and wax a car, it drives better, doesn’t it? Or at least feels like it does.” – Don Norman

This quote is from the article “The Secret of Apple Design” by Technology Review. This site requires a login to read the full article. Read more from Don on this subject in his paper “Attractive Things Work Better.” (PDF)

Thanks to Robert Shedd for submitting 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”.

As UX designers, we orchestrate a complex series of interactions

“A good user experience designer needs to be able to see both the forest and the trees. That means user experience has implications that go far beyond usability, visual design, and physical affordances. As UX designers, we orchestrate a complex series of interactions.” - Eric Reiss

“A good user experience designer needs to be able to see both the forest and the trees. That means user experience has implications that go far beyond usability, visual design, and physical affordances. As UX designers, we orchestrate a complex series of interactions.” – Eric Reiss

Read Eric’s article “A definition of ‘user experience’” for his thoughts on how UX is the sum of a series of interactions.

Design is more than the aesthetic. Design is fundamentally more.

“Design has been viewed as being aesthetic. Design equals How Something Looks. You see this attitude to design in every part of society—clothing design to interior design, less so in product design, and yes, in web design.... I think design covers so much more than the aesthetic. Design is fundamentally more. Design is usability. It is Information Architecture. It is Accessibility. This is all design." - Mark Boulton

“Design has been viewed as being aesthetic. Design equals How Something Looks. You see this attitude to design in every part of society—clothing design to interior design, less so in product design, and yes, in web design…. I think design covers so much more than the aesthetic. Design is fundamentally more. Design is usability. It is Information Architecture. It is Accessibility. This is all design.” – Mark Boulton

Read more from Mark in his 2005 article “Turning the corner: Designing for Web 2.0.