Tag archives: design

  • Beauty vs. specs
  • “Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently. And it’s that process that is the magic.”

    -- Steve Jobs

  • “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

    -- Steve Jobs, quoted in BusinessWeek in 1998

  • “Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you’ve created until it’s out there. That means every moment you’re working on something without it being in the public it’s actually dying, deprived of the oxygen of the real world.”

    -- Matt Mullenweg, in “1.0 Is The Loneliest Number”

  • That’s version ∞. First launch version 0.1.
  • Control
  • “Design almost invariably involves compromise…. Rarely can the designer simply optimise one requirement without suffering losses elsewhere…. There are no established methods for deciding just how good or bad solutions are, and still the best test of most design is to wait and see how well it works in practice. Design solutions can never be perfect and are often more easily criticised than created, and designers must accept that they will almost invariably appear wrong in some ways to some people.”

    -- Bryan Lawson, from “How Designer’s Think”

  • How A Web Design Goes Straight To Hell