Tag Archives: visual design

Form and function aren’t separate items. Beauty is more than decoration.

“Form and function aren’t separate items. If we believe that style somehow exists independent of functionality, that we can treat aesthetics and function as two separate pieces, then we ignore the evidence that beauty is much more than decoration.” - Stephen P. Anderson

“Form and function aren’t separate items. If we believe that style somehow exists independent of functionality, that we can treat aesthetics and function as two separate pieces, then we ignore the evidence that beauty is much more than decoration.” – Stephen P. Anderson

Read more from Stephen in his article “In Defense of Eye Candy.”

Good design requires a deep reverence for the love of life

“Good design is a great combination of common sense, unusual imagination, clarity of purpose–with a prerequisite knowledge of structure, values, color, aesthetic insight and a deep reverence for the love of life.” - Millard Sheets

“Good design is a great combination of common sense, unusual imagination, clarity of purpose–with a prerequisite knowledge of structure, values, color, aesthetic insight and a deep reverence for the love of life.” – Millard Sheets

Quote found in this collection of design quotes.  Original source uknown.  Read more about the American painter Millard Sheets here.

User experience is the summation of considerations across UX disciplines

“Information architecture defines the structure of information. Interaction design enables people to manipulate and contribute to that information. Visual design communicates these possibilities to people and creates affinity to them. User experience is the summation of these considerations.” - Luke Wroblewski

“Information architecture defines the structure of information. Interaction design enables people to manipulate and contribute to that information. Visual design communicates these possibilities to people and creates affinity to them. User experience is the summation of these considerations.” – Luke Wroblewski

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Good design is in relation to the problem at hand–not obscure, trendy, or stylish

“Good design at least part of the time, includes the criteria of being direct in relation to the problem at hand–not obscure, trendy, or stylish. A new language, visual or verbal, must be couched in a language that is already understood.” - Ivan Chermayeff

“Good design at least part of the time, includes the criteria of being direct in relation to the problem at hand–not obscure, trendy, or stylish. A new language, visual or verbal, must be couched in a language that is already understood.” – Ivan Chermayeff

Ivan’s quote appears in the book Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History by Mildred Friedman.

The importance of aesthetic in design

“Without aesthetic, design is either the humdrum repetition of familiar clichés or a wild scramble for novelty. Without the aesthetic, the computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance. Form without relevant content, or content without meaningful form.” – Paul Rand

Read more about the brilliant graphic designer Paul Rand here.

Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union

“Form follows function—that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

“Form follows function—that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

This quote’s original source is unknown, but it is frequently quoted. If you know of the original source, please let me know.  Quote found from Interaction-Design.org