Good Designing, Bad Designing

On March 31, 2013

Thoughts on good designing, bad designing:

Good design is simple.
Bad design is complex.

Good designing makes complex things simple.
Bad designing makes simple things complex.

Good design is honest.
Bad design is deceptive.

Good design is self-explanatory.
Bad design needs explanation.

Good design is focused.
Bad design is chaotic.

Good design is minimal design.
Bad design is too much design.

Good design does its work.
Bad design doesn't work as intended.

Good design saves time.
Bad design wastes time.

Good design makes efficient use of resources.
Bad design wastes resources.

Good design reduces the users work.
Bad design increases the users work.

Good design is easy on the eyes.
Bad design is flashy, and harsh on the eyes.

Good design is healthy for the mind and body.
Bad design irritates and angers the mind and body.

Good design respects the needs of its users.
Bad design respects the needs of its creators.

Good design makes user feel smart.
Bad design makes user feel dumb.

Good design is egoless, and puts the users first.
Bad design is egoistic, and puts the product first.

Good design flows smoothly from one point to another.
Bad design flows stiffly from one point to another.

Good design gives priority to most common operations.
Bad design gives priority to specific and rarely used operations.

Good design looks good and works good.
Bad design may look good or work good, but never both.

In good design, every element has a reason to exist.
In bad design, even unnecessary elements are present.

In good design, all elements are in sync with each other.
In bad design, every element cares only about itself.

A design is good, only when everything works.
A design is bad, even if a single thing fails.

Good design is easy to understand, yet hard to produce.
Bad design is easy to produce, but hard to understand.

Good design is inventive only when it's necessary.
Bad design is inventive just for the sake of it.

Good design is built more to be used, and less to be admired.
Bad design is built more to be admired, and less to be used.

Good design doesn't come between the user and his goals.
Bad design makes it difficult for user to achieve his goals.

Good design encourages its use.
Bad design makes it reluctant to use.

Good design survives fashion.
Bad design dies with fashion.

Good design is confident.
Bad design is all about ifs and buts.

Good design is a result of deep thinking and intuition.
Bad design results from surface-level thinking.

Good design comes from a clear and quiet mind.
Bad design comes from a heavy and noisy mind.

Good design is a result of focus.
Bad design is a result of distraction.

Good design is invisible, and user isn't even aware of it.
Bad design shows itself, and user has to work around it.

Good design focus on the feel of a product.
Bad design focus on the looks of a product.

Good design ends the users search for a product.
Bad design starts the users search for another product.

Good design makes the user trust it.
Bad design makes the user doubt it.

Good design looks and feels more human.
Bad design looks and feels more robotic.

When a design is good, you know it.
When a design is bad, you know it too.

Good design is timeless.
Bad design becomes obsolete with time.


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