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Interface Design Quotes Sunday, May 28, 2006

Posted by VoeD in Design, Thoughts.

I found this list of Interface Design Quotes on Luke Wroblewski's web site. Some of my favourites:

“A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.”
Ben Shneiderman, 2003

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
Steve Jobs, 2003

“The perfection of art is to conceal art.”
Quintilian, 95

“Design is the art of gradually applying constraints until only one solution remains.”

“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.”
Bertrand Russell

“Interactive design [is] a seamless blend of graphic arts, technology, and psychology.”
Brad Wieners, 2002

“[Leonardo Da Vinci] combined art and science and aesthetics and engineering, that kind of unity is needed once again.”
Ben Shneiderman, 2002

“True interactivity is not about clicking on icons or downloading files, it’s about encouraging communication.”
Ed Scholssberg, 2002

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
Hans Hofmann

“I’ve been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume that what designers do is decoration. Good design is problem solving.”
Jeffery Veen, 2000

“The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.”
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908

“The fusion of art and technology that we call interface design.”
Steven Johnson, 1997

“…that strange new zone between medium and message. That zone we call the interface.”
Steven Johnson, 1997

“Form follows function-that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

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

“Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all.”
Douglas Martin, 1989

“Science arose from poetry… when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.”
Johann Goethe

“The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly – to develop strategies of seeing and showing.”
Edward Tufte, 2005

“Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.”
Paul Rand, 1997

“Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.”
Paul Rand, 1997

“Simple design, intense content.”
Edward Tufte, 2004

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
Antoine De Saint-Exupery, 1580

“The challenge is about taking things that are infinitely complex and making them simpler and more understandable.”
Robert Greenberg, R/GA, 2006



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