Ask DN: What are your favorite design quotes?

almost 8 years ago from , Senior Product Designer at GitHub

Here are some of mine:

"Kill your babies" / "Murder your darlings" (as in, let your ideas die if they aren't right)

"If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said 'a faster horse'."—Henry Ford

"Every time you make the user make a decision they don't care about, you have failed as a designer." –Aza Raskin


  • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, over 7 years ago

    Here are some more:

    "Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But, of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. To design something really well, you have to ‘get it.’ You have to really grok what it’s all about." —Steve Jobs

    “The details are not the details. They make the design.” —Charles Eames

    "The compromise of two visions don't make a right" —Sean Rad

    "A powerful tool in the early stages of developing scenarios is to pretend the interface is magic. If your persona has goals and the product has magical powers to meet them, how simple could the interaction be? This kind of thinking is useful to help designers look outside the box." —Alan Cooper

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  • Julien Pelletier, over 7 years ago

    "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." Antoine de Saint-Exupery - French writer

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  • Johannes HerseniJohannes Herseni, over 7 years ago

    »Having small touches of colour makes it more colourful than having the whole thing in colour.«

    »My aim is to omit everything superfluous so that the essential is shown to the best possible advantage.«

    Both Dieter Rams.

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  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, over 7 years ago

    The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. — Steve Jobs

    Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. — Pablo Picasso

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  • Falko JosephFalko Joseph, over 7 years ago

    Good design is as little design as possible - Dieter Rams

    Beauty is unapproachable, whereas blemishes are endearing (http://tapestry.is/MyPYq)

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