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Life is too beautiful for ugly design experiences

Life is too beautiful for ugly design experiences

Great design is invisible, they say. Great design should not make you think, they added. Because, ultimately, the aim of great design is to make you feel nothing less than delighted.

So how often do we, as users, question design and our experience with it? Do we remember that uncomfortable chair that we returned? Do we remember that crashing website that we gave up on? And do we remember that confusing instructions manual? We have probably forgotten about all of them by now, but one fact remains — we never went back for more. We formed a negative association with that particular brand, service or product and have since chosen to go elsewhere.

Why? Because going back solves nothing. We, as humans, always seek something better — something more intuitive, effortless, convenient, positive, beautiful, straightforward and more useful — and design and our experience with it is no exception. We don’t spare much thought on great design, because if it’s delightful we simply don’t have to. Once we realise that everything man-made is designed and that we’ve had the “users” label since the beginning of humankind, only then can we start to contemplate all the positive design experiences in a new, much more appreciative way. That’s right, shout out to design and its innovative nature for not relying on an actual pigeon to fetch our inbox!

 

“Life is too beautiful for ugly design experiences.”

 

While we, as users, might not be able to fully understand every single bit of planning, testing, insight, knowledge and expertise that goes into creating every design experience we encounter, we will always gladly reap the benefits of that labour. And yes, we definitely should, because life is too beautiful for ugly design experiences.

So here’s a humble plea to everyone: from now on celebrate the intuitive, the effortless, the convenient, the positive, the beautiful, the straightforward, the useful and the delightful — and all the invisible minds behind it all. Designers are a friendly bunch. They make the world a better and more beautiful place to be.

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