Design Principles Make Good Design?

Cooper, Alan, Reimann, Robert, and Cronin, David. About Face: The Essential of Interaction Design 3 Wiley Publishing, Inc.: Indianapolis, Indiana, 2007. Chapter 8, 11, 12, 13, 14

Many time when we see a new product design or design prototype, we may quickly tell it this a good/bad design by simply use the product. But many time we can not explain to another person, why this is a good/bad design? Because we can not identify the principles of what make it a good design. For example, Google search engine, it really look simple, and attract billions of users. Why?

After reading cooper’s book, it really increase the knowledge of good design principles and patterns. Those principles are directly help us identify and understand a design issue. Chapter 8, it really lead us into categorize from the user stand point vs. designer stand point. It summarize what we should do to ensure we will have a user-center good design. The author divide design values into four level from Ethical to Elegant. For example a website only have design follow ethical and purposeful principles, this website are missing pragmatic and elegant principle. When we look at the website, if we try focus on the issues of pragmatic and elegant principle, immediately we lose the attention of the audience.

And I also enjoy finding the different design principles with the lamp, this really help us to review the important concepts and principles. I think this is also a good design principle which the author use in this text book to fit different readers by “eliminate excise wherever possible” (cooper, 2007, page 224) It is important to Learn how to automate any steps instead of letting the user figure them out. We want to help the user not to complicate the process. Also we go back to the Google search engine example, the interface design help all the user to immediately get to where they want without taking extra steps. It is really important for us to remember that at the end who will be using the product.


Author: eddyzhuo

Think about your day, seen like brake into two part: online -- offline. And then think about your time when you are shopping in the grocery stores, you will look what is better with a better price. Same thing apply to surfing online, we should be able to identify what is good and bad website, use good product that worthy your time, instead only being passive. Hello my name is Eddy, a master of computer graphics technology student in Purdue University. Let us use the web, think about it, discuss on it, and create a better and friendlier user experience WWW.

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