Utility is more important than usability(elezea.com)

over 4 years ago from Rian van der Merwe, Product manager at Wildbit

  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 4 years ago

    I feel like as designers we always want to make things nice and tidy, and that extends to writing. We want to come up with neat theories like "designers should code" or "utility is more important than usability", where the real answer is always the same: it depends.

    But saying "it depends" is not helpful and doesn't get pageviews, so instead we try to summarize things in a blog post. Which invariably causes someone else to disagree and state their own little theory. And thus the cycle of design writing continues…

    6 points
    • Rian van der Merwe, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      I think this is more the nature of writing than something specific to designers? I really like the idea of writing as "public thinking". I write to clarify my thoughts, to sort out any inconsistencies in my argument. Once that's done in my head, other people get to dissect it and show me where my logic has failed. That's what's happening in this thread as well. So I'm able to make changes or clarify what I meant based on what others have said.

      In short, I think we should take a less cynical view of this. Let's see writing as a way to collectively make sense of our profession.

      1 point