“I’ve met dozens of you who think you have a personal design philosophy, but the reality is that you haven’t worked long enough to have a design philosophy. You’ve had one or two jobs as a designer, while also kicking the tires as a freelancer, and you wax on like Jony Fucking Ive about design. How is that even possible? It’s possible because you’re copying Jony Ive. Maybe it’s not a turtleneck, maybe it’s v-neck like Jony, or you have trendy glasses and a DDC cap. It doesn’t matter, you need to face the music. You’re in a cover band.”—That Turtleneck is Choking You: How pretending to be a designer is killing your career - Jordan Gadapee
“[In regards to offline websites] We’ve spent years teaching users that things they use in their web browser simply do not work offline. Users understand (at least at on some unconscious level) that the browser is the native app that gets sites/documents from the Internet. From a user experience standpoint, trying to teach the average user anything different is attempting to roll a quarry full of rocks up a hill.”—"The web has outgrown the browser" by Henrik Joreteg
But the process, the way we got there, has a longer life-span. The process is the sediment, the deep root system where we store up knowledge over time. Each product we create is just what surfaces above ground, a crystallization of the sum total of everything we’ve learned up to that point.
If all we celebrate is what is visible on the surface—the fragile plant and not the durable root system—we limit the scope of our ambition to the shortest possible horizon. Are we making layers of sediment for future generations to build a mountain, or are we planting each year’s crop of new products and watching them wash away once their short-term value is harvested and consumed?
“Empathy is your most important skill. Practice it with everyone you interact with, and everyone who interacts with your work.
The less you fear being wrong, the more confident you can be. You are wrong about many things. You know very little about most things. Everyone else is exactly the same way. Embrace it. Always learn, always question, always adapt and grow.
Poor communication will kill the effectiveness of the most talented team. Work hard at effective, structured communication and documentation.”—A few good quotes from Ed Finkler. Read more on The Pastry Box Project
“UX debt can be dangerously easy to both overlook and underestimate, making it that much easier to take on and harder to pay down. Relatively easy tasks, like tweaking screen layouts or updating visual assets, can be so easy that they sink to the bottom of product priorities (“we can fix that anytime”). Harder tasks, like refactoring user flows or redesigning navigation systems, can be paralyzing because they have system-wide implications and offer no clear path to make piecemeal progress.”—User Experience Debt, by Vijay Sundaram (via timoni)
“For the first time in all of time, men have seen the Earth. Seen it not as continents or oceans from the little distance of a hundred miles or two or three, but seen it from the depths of space; seen it whole and round and beautiful and small… To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold—brothers who know that they are truly brothers.”—December 24, 1968: Earthrise (via explore-blog)