Only drug dealers and software companies call their customers 'users'
Confusion and clutter are failures of design, not attributes of information. And so the point is to find design strategies that reveal detail and complexity - rather than to fault the data for an excess of complication. Or, worse, to fault viewers for a lack of understanding.
Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space.
Good design is clear thinking made visible, bad design is stupidity made visible
Design isn't crafting a beautiful, textured button with breathtaking animation. It's figuring out if there's a way to get rid of the button altogether.
In general, I think audiences are a lot smarter than people think. So, it's not "know your audience", it's "respect your audience, and really know your content".
The essential test of design is how well it assists the understanding of the content, not how stylish it is.
If the statistics are boring, you've got the wrong numbers.
What is to be sought in designs for the display of information is the clear portrayal of complexity. Not the complication of the simple; rather the task of the designer is to give visual access to the subtle and the difficult - that is, revelation of the complex.
I have stared long enough at the glowing flat rectangles of computer screens. Let us give more time for doing things in the real world...plant a plant, walk the dogs, read a real book, go to the opera.
Design cannot rescue failed content.
Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.
Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.
The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly - to develop strategies of seeing and showing.
The world is complex, dynamic, multidimensiona l;
the paper is static, flat. How are we to represent
the rich visual world of experience and
measurement on mere flatland?
Make all visual distinctions as subtle as possible, but still clear and effective.
Simple design, intense content.
If your words or images are not on point, making them dance in color won't make them relevant.
An open mind but not an empty head.
The best graphics are about the useful and important, about life and death, about the universe. Beautiful graphics do not traffic with the trivial.
Great design is not democratic; it comes from great designers. If the standard is lousy, then develop another standard.
The idea is that the content is the interface, the information is the interface, not computer-administrative debris.
There are only two industries that refer to their customers as 'users'.
I was writing a chapter of Beautiful Evidence on the subject of the sculptural pedestal, which led to my thinking about what's up on the pedestal - the great leader.
The world is much more interesting than any one discipline.
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