Articles — Interface Design

Interface design values

Clarity above all. Efficiency when interfaces are clear. Consistency when interfaces are efficient. Beauty when interfaces are consistent.

8th December, 2017 — Interface Design

Product design skills in plain English

In short, I’d like to get specific about the fundamental skills involved in product design, a few brief examples of the type of work that can be done for each skill, and how they’re mapped to common product design roles.

28th May, 2015 — Interface Design User Research Product Management

Design is a Team Sport

Design can’t be relegated to a single role. We all care. We all want to make a better product. Unfortunately, we all too often forget the most important member of the team: the customer.

2nd September, 2014 — Interface Design User Research

What Does it Mean to be Simple?

Most of the time we think simple means less, that by removing stuff we achieve simplicity. A better definition of simple is “just enough for comprehension and the ability to pursue and complete our goals”.

22nd December, 2011 — Interface Design

Match the Tool to the Problem

One designer will claim that you shouldn’t do anything without sketching it out while another claims that doing anything less than full-on HTML prototypes is a waste of time.

11th September, 2010 — Interface Design Product Management

Decoupling Usability and Visuals

Design is often seen as a subjective and creative pursuit. I tend to agree, but feel that the more subjective and detached you are from specific strategic goals, the more problems will arise.

1st July, 2010 — Interface Design

Taking the Guesswork Out of Design

Creativity breathes life into successful websites. However, creative ideas and solutions can sometimes seem like guesswork — and guessing is risky business. So what can designers do to show clients they’re using a solid strategy and have the best intentions?

5th May, 2009 — Interface Design User Research Product Management