five principles: a guide to Joshua Porter's UX design philosophy
I’ve just been reading Joshua Porter’s thoughts on, err, User Interface Design, his area of expertise.
The Experience belongs to the user.
Technology serves humans.
Design is not Art.
Great design is invisible.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Gotta say I kinda agree with all of that.
He has expanded this on his website.
I like his 17th point in the expanded version:
“17. Great design is invisible
A curious property of great design is that it usually goes unnoticed by the people who use it. One reason for this is that if the design is successful the user can focus on their own goals and not the interface … when they complete their goal they are satisfied and do not need to reflect on the situation. As a designer this can be tough … as we receive less adulation when our designs are good. But great designers are content with a well-used design … and know that happy users are often silent.”