The Ultimate Design Article

Well here we are.

I’ve got one shot at this. After all, only the smartest, most influent designers and assorted web people get to write on this site. This ain’t Medium anymore, so I better bring my A-game!

Let’s start things off with an anecdote, those are always crowd-pleasers. When I was 17 years old, I used to work as a dishwasher in a grubby diner. Or maybe it was a small neighborhood grocer, or a shop that made hand-crafted birdfeeders. Who cares. 

Anyway, the point is that while I was working there, something mildly interesting happened that taught me a valuable life lesson. And this lesson is still useful to this day whenever I need to fill up space in a blog post.

OK, anecdote out of the way, now let’s hit’em with a few controversial-yet-safe opinions. 

For example, did you know Dribbble is hurting our industry? It’s true. Because of Dribbble, designers are now obsessing over weather apps and custom lettering instead of curing cancer and saving children from burning buildings like they used to. 

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a link to a vaguely related psychology study on some university site that you won’t bother to read. It turns out that 83% of the study’s 12 test subjects displayed a certain behavior, proving without a doubt that my conclusions can safely be extended to every human being on this planet. 

Talking about the planet, did I already mention that we need to save it? Because we do. It’s our responsibility as designers to save the world, no matter how many Kickstarters we need to fund to do it. 

I just want to leave the world a little better and wiser than I found it. For example, yesterday I spent a couple hours writing a post to explain the differences between Interaction Design and User Experience Design. This is the kind of serious question that is too often left unaddressed by the media. 

Hey, this writing thing is easier than I thought. I feel like I could go on and on. But I probably shouldn’t, after all we all got places to be and check in at. 

So in closing, let me leave you with this little-known Steve Jobs quote:

Good design is not just how it looks. Good design is as little design as possible.