Do Not Seek Praise, Seek Criticism

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“Do not seek praise, seek criticism.”–Paul Arden

Everyone loves to be praised for his or her good work. It feels really good when someone appreciates you, your work, or your actions.

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It may have already been “said”, but not by me!

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“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” — André Gide

This quote can be well understood in terms of UX design concepts. Just tell me, how many times you have studied the design principles? Or, how many times you have been asked to follow UI guidelines?

Perhaps thousands of times!

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Strive for Simplicity

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“There’s a big difference between making a simple product & making a product simple.”— Des Traynor

A simple product provides few very common and simple features. A product which is created for a limited scope and provides a set of functionality within that scope can be called as simple product.

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A User Interface is Like a Joke

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“A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good”. — Martin Leblanc

When someone tells you a joke, he is expecting a laugh in response. And it feels odd if you don’t understand the joke and no such response comes from your side. 

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Design for Humans and Not for Computers

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“When I design, I work very hard to make the interface experience feel like there’s a human on the other end, not a computer. “— Aarron Walter

A design should be created to fulfill its users’ needs. The first step of a design process is to understand requirements and users — to meet the user and understand his behavior, his working environment, his likes and dislikes and his way of thinking.

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Consistency – A Key Design Principle

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“Consistency is one of the most powerful usability principles: when things always behave the same, users don’t have to worry about what will happen.”— Jakob Nielsen

Consistency is the key principle of UX design. A usable and user-friendly design always provides a consistent experience. 

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Diversity of People Equals Diversity of Ideas

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“None of us is as smart as all of us. Keeping your ideas to yourself is detrimental. Diversity of people equals diversity of ideas.” — Denise Jacobs

Sometimes people feel reluctant to share their ideas with others as they are afraid of being wrong. They assume that others will make fun of their thinking.

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A Prototype Is Worth 1000 Meetings

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“If a picture is worth 1000 words, a prototype is worth 1000 meetings.” – Tom & David Kelley

The idiom “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image.

The same is the case with a prototype. A prototype is a clickable journey of your proposed design.

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