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Design Principles

Design Principles
The Robustness Principle Be conservative in what you send; be liberal in what you accept. The Pareto Principle 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. The Principle of Least Surprise When two elements of an interface conflict, or are ambiguous, the behaviour should be that which will least surprise the user.

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A Golden Age of Design Thanks to a convergence of creativity, technology and big money, the heyday of the field may finally be upon us. Photo The golden age of design has been heralded many times over the past couple of decades — four, by my count. Good design Back in the early 1980s, Dieter Rams was becoming increasingly concerned by the state of the world around him – “an impenetrable confusion of forms, colours and noises.” Aware that he was a significant contributor to that world, he asked himself an important question: is my design good design? As good design cannot be measured in a finite way he set about expressing the ten most important principles for what he considered was good design.

The Design Community Offers Its Favorite Bits of Advice Design Informer A Craft Of Consequences: Reader, Writer And Emotional Design Before the very first page of a book has been read, you've already analyzed it in countless ways without even noticing. The paper stock, the thickness of the binding, the aroma, the color of the type and even the texture of the cover; the very character of the book is being dissected by the hand and eye at every moment. In this brief second there is a dialogue between the reader and the object. This conversation is subtle and complex, but for most people it is entirely subconscious.

Frog Design: 3 Things Wile E. Coyote Teaches Us About Creative Intelligence Bruce Nussbaum was right to close the book on Design Thinking. It is time to move on. Business never really got the message. The Value of Design Research to Make Meaning in Society Thursday, September 18th, 2014 | Posted by lauren.segapeli Over the past couple of weeks, our Design, Society and the Public Sector class has read five articles that discuss different methods of engaging users and the value that such engagement produces. More specifically, the type of meaning created when designing “with” or “for” people and society. As I considered the different articles, I paid attention to how each author views the importance of engaging the user in the design process and how it directly relates to the importance of either empathy or authority in order to bring value and meaning to society. The Value of Co-Creation Liz Sanders’ article “A Social Vision for Value-Co-creation in Design” emphasizes the importance of Co-creation as a tool for driving significant social change.

writing.mariusz Warning: Due to server failure, I lost a lot of the data in here and I'm currently in the process of rebuilding the list, so it might be incomplete in places. Check back for updates. Recently, I've been doing a lot of training, consulting and teaching people how to get better at product design. I still believe nothing beats craft and spending enough hours on projects (even side projects) and getting enough feedback from other designers, users and clients to actually get good, but I think this is a good list to expand your knowledge.

30 Minimal Logo Designs that Say More with Less A logo is the visual cornerstone of one’s branding. While some logos are complex, often the most memorable ones are those that are simplistic. Instead of relying on detailed graphics and icons, these minimal logos rely on creative typography, simple shapes, and clever negative space to tell the story. Here is a showcase of 30 minimal logo designs that say more with less. "Design Thinking" Isn't a Miracle Cure, but Here's How It Helps [This is a follow-up to Helen's previous article on design thinking, The Seven Deadly Sins That Choke Out Innovation ? Ed.] Recently, Kevin McCullagh of British product strategy consultancy, Plan organized a two-day event for executives to wrap their heads around the concept of design thinking?and, in particular, to think about how they might go about implementing it within their own organization. Kevin invited me along to give an overview of some of the things I've been thinking recently.