Inspirational Design Quotes | UX

July 18, 2014 • Design, Inspiration • Views: 5362

Inspired by various quotes I have come across online, here is a list of some quotes that I found particularly relevant to User Experience design. Thanks to Quora, and many more.

If we want users to like our software, we should design it to behave like a likable person.
Alan Cooper

A bad website is like a grumpy sales person.
Jakob Nielsen

The only thing more expensive than writing software is writing bad software.
Allan Cooper

Simple design, intense content.
Edward Tufte, 2004

You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.
Frank Lloyd Wright

If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘Faster Horses.
Henry Ford

Don’t make something unless it’s both necessary and useful. But if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.
Josh Porter

Confusion and clutter are the failure of design, not the attributes of information.
Edward Tufte

Don’t make me think.
Steve Krug

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hofmann

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci


And my two personal favorites that I have heard floating while working in the industry,

Don’t let your organizational pantyliner show

– A colleague while working on a project designing for business-stated requirements rather than users

Assumption is the motherf*cker of them all

– A friend of mine said this in reference to life in general, but I find it applies really well to UX as well. Never assume you know what the user wants.

Can you think of any others?


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