They want holes not bits

I can almost hear the salty tone of voice behind this quote. It’s the kind of simple, but not easy, wisdom that is easy to forget.  It’s natural that, as we work to bring our solution to life and then proceed to incrementally improve that solution, we forget that our customers asked for holes, not […]

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Less is more work

We’ve all heard the Mies Van Der Rohe quote “Less is more” but I love how this quote reminds me that it is harder work to reduce and distil each design element than it is to add layers of decoration.  Although they were architects and industrial designers, I draw inspiration for UX Design from Mies Van Der Rohe […]

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As simple as possible, but not more

As designers, we are asked to create simple solutions, but the situations are often very complex. That’s part of the fun for us, well sometimes not so fun. Real life complexity like an audience who only uses texting on their phones and doesn’t have access to printers is a fun problem to work on. I think our […]

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Opposite of bigger and more complex

Our clients, bosses, and the business press praise simplicity as a concept but, as designers, we have to expect that we won’t always be praised for removing complexity. Why is that? It’s just not as easy to for people recognize and appreciate simplicity, especially if they aren’t familiar with the problem. Luckily for us, accomplishing an […]

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Get in over your head, joyously

This quote delights me because my best design work has frequently followed a sense of being in way over my head.  I often compare projects to the Bolder Boulder 10k, specifically the 5-mile marker.  At this point, I’ve got 1.2 miles left and most of it uphill. The exhilaration of the start and the chatter of the crowd is a […]

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