100 UX Design Quotes to Inspire and Motivate You

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Good design considers users; how they feel, how they think, and how they make decisions. Enter: User Experience (UX) Design. UX Design is vital for creating meaningful, impactful user experiences that turn users into lifelong customers.

Still not convinced? We’ve put together a compilation of 100 inspiring, tweetable quotes from some of our favorite influencers and experts in the UX community- even including some from before the term “UX” had been coined.

Are we missing any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

Most business models have focused on self interest instead of user experience. - Tim Cook

1. Most business models have focused on self interest instead of user experience.
– Tim Cook Click to Tweet

2. Clarity trumps consistency. – Steve Krug Click to Tweet

3. One accurate measurement is worth more than a thousand expert opinions. 
– Grace Hopper Click to Tweet

4. One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand. – Quintilian Click to Tweet

5. Choose the right purpose;  people will be attracted, motivated, & unified.
– Robert Wong Click to Tweet

6. If there’s a ‘trick’ to it, the UI is broken. – Douglas Anderson Click to Tweet

Don't be a complainer; make things better, let it go, or take action to make it better - Tina Roth Eisenberg

7. Don’t be a complainer; make things better, let it go, or take action to make it better.
– Tina Roth Eisenberg Click to Tweet

8. Culture, leadership & employee engagement are the essentials for great customer experience. – Steve Cannon Click to Tweet

9. We need to stop worrying about proving the value of design & just focus on outcomes that provide value. – Denis Weil Click to Tweet

10. A single-pixel display doesn’t have to be single-function. – Josh Clark Click to Tweet

11. Photoshop is the most effective way to show your clients what their website will never look like. – Stephen Hay Click to Tweet

Good UX is good business. – Andrew Kucheriavy

12. Good UX is good business. – Andrew Kucheriavy Click to Tweet

13. You can find more problems in half a day than you can fix in a month. – Steve Krug Click to Tweet

14. By solving our own most difficult problems, we’re potentially creating immense value for everyone else. – Jason Amunwa Click to Tweet

15. When there’s a balance between functionality & emotion, the two amplify each other.
– Mike Matas Click to Tweet

16. As far as the customer is concerned, the interface is the product. – Jef Raskin Click to Tweet

17. As a programmer you read more code than you write. Keep it readable, commented, consistent & explicit. – Sindre Sorhus Click to Tweet

18. Ease of use may be invisible, but its absence sure isn’t. – IBM Click to Tweet

We tend to be distracted by the voices in our own heads telling us what the design should look like. – Michael Bierut

19. We tend to be distracted by the voices in our own heads telling us what the design should look like. – Michael Bierut Click to Tweet

20. You’re designing a product for people, & it doesn’t matter if it’s on Android or iPhone.
– Joey Flynn Click to Tweet

21. Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. – C.W. Ceram Click to Tweet

22. You can’t get what you want without giving your customers what they want.
– Andrew Kucheriavy Click to Tweet

23. Mobile does not reward feature richness. – Fred Wilson Click to Tweet

24. Good design is about process, not product. – Jared Sinclair Click to Tweet

Simple sells, simple is usable, & simple scales. – Rand Fishkin

25. Simple sells, simple is usable, & simple scales. – Rand Fishkin Click to Tweet

26. Speak Human. Feedback is for human beings, so address them as such. Use the words your users use. – Dan Saffer Click to Tweet

27. “Markigation” happens when marketing meets navigation. Bad idea. – Lynn Pausic Click to Tweet

28. I get very uncomfortable when someone makes a design decision without customer contact. – Dan Ritzenthaler Click to Tweet

29. Testing with one user early in the project is better than testing with 50 near the end.
– Steve Krug Click to Tweet

Asking users to adopt new behaviors or even modify their existing behaviors is very, very hard. – Khoi Vinh

30. Asking users to adopt new behaviors or even modify their existing behaviors is very, very hard. – Khoi Vinh Click to Tweet

31. Usability does not equate to a specific number of clicks, taps, swipes, pinches, flicks.
– John Morkes Click to Tweet

32. Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple. Albert Einstein Click to Tweet

33. Your app might be a technological marvel, but don’t forget that it’s people who need to interact with it. – UXPin Click to Tweet

34. Make every detail perfect & limit the number of details to perfect. – Jack Dorsey Click to Tweet

To be a great designer, you need to look a little deeper into how people think & act. - Paul Boag

35. To be a great designer, you need to look a little deeper into how people think & act.
– Paul Boag Click to Tweet

36. You’ve got to start with the customer experience & work backwards to the technology.
– Steve Jobs Click to Tweet

37. Usability testing is the killing field of cherished notions. – David Orr Click to Tweet

38. Our websites are fluid, so our processes & workflows need to match. – Brad Frost Click to Tweet

39. When fixing problems, always do the least you can. – Steve Krug Click to Tweet

40. No matter how cool your interface, it would be better if there were less of it.
– Alan Cooper Click to Tweet

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates

41. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates Click to Tweet

42. Go for the better user experience every time. – Rand Fishkin Click to Tweet

43. The most common user action on a Web site is to flee. – Edward Tufte Click to Tweet

44. UI is the saddle, the stirrups, & the reigns. UX is the feeling you get being able to ride the horse. – Dain Miller Click to Tweet

45. Spend as much time on copy as you do on visuals. – John Zeratsky Click to Tweet

46. One bad experience & poof, customers are history. Sure, you can replace them, but at 5x the cost. – Pavvo Hanninen Click to Tweet

People ignore design that ignores people. – Frank Chimero

47. People ignore design that ignores people. – Frank Chimero Click to Tweet

48. Anything we can do to make things simpler & more transparent is a plus.
– Cap Watkins Click to Tweet

49. We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are. – The Talmud Click to Tweet

50. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated. – Paul Rand Click to Tweet

51. The best products don’t focus on features, they focus on clarity. – Jon Bolt Click to Tweet

52. The next big thing is the one that makes the last big thing usable. – Blake Ross Click to Tweet

One problem with conventions designers are reluctant to take advantage of them. - Steve Krug

53. One problem with conventions: designers are reluctant to take advantage of them.
– Steve Krug Click to Tweet

54. Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous.
– Ralph Caplan Click to Tweet

55. Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual. – Edward Tufte Click to Tweet

56. A beautiful product that doesn’t work very well is ugly. – Jony Ive Click to Tweet

57. Structure first. Content always. – Mark Boulton Click to Tweet

58. Very often design is the most immediate way of defining what products become in people’s minds. – Jony Ive Click to Tweet

Visual design is about problem solving, not about personal preference or unsupported opinion. – Bob Baxley

59. Visual design is about problem solving, not about personal preference or unsupported opinion. – Bob Baxley Click to Tweet

60. If it is both necessary & useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful. – Joshua Porter Click to Tweet

61. The way to earn consumer loyalty & competitive advantage is to deliver the most satisfying experience. – Curt Collinsworth Click to Tweet

62. Usability answers the question, “Can the user accomplish their goal?”
– Dr. Joyce Lee Click to Tweet

63. Supposing is good, but finding out is better. – Mark Twain Click to Tweet

64. Instructions must die. – Steve Krug Click to Tweet

You're almost always wrong about your users. – Manik Rathee

65. You’re almost always wrong about your users. – Manik Rathee Click to Tweet

66. We live in a world where engagement with your consumer is critical. The one-to-many paradigm is gone. – iProspect Click to Tweet

67. The information is in the people, not in your head. – Edward T. Hall Click to Tweet

68. Usefulness is the top barrier to user adoption by expert users. – John Morkes Click to Tweet

69. Your old website is the best prototype of your new site. – Hoa Loranger Click to Tweet

70. If a picture is worth 1000 words, a prototype is worth 1000 meetings.
– The Kelley Brothers Click to Tweet

The attributes that make certain products engaging also make them potentially addictive. – Nir Eyal

71. The attributes that make certain products engaging also make them potentially addictive. – Nir Eyal Click to Tweet

72. Omit needless words. – Steve Krug Click to Tweet

73. Good UI design gives users a sense of power that consistently helps them feel in control. – Jim Nielsen Click to Tweet

74. Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious & adding the meaningful. – John Maeda Click to Tweet

75. It takes no skills to make something crappy. Skills are only required to make something great. – Jared Spool Click to Tweet

76. Customers know what’s wrong. They can’t tell you what they want, but they can tell you what’s wrong. – Carly Fiorina Click to Tweet

To design an easy-to-use interface, pay attention to what users do, not what they say. - Jakob Nielsen

77. To design an easy-to-use interface, pay attention to what users do, not what they say.
– Jakob Nielsen Click to Tweet

78. Focus unswervingly on the customer. – Jesse Hertzberg Click to Tweet

79. When creating content, be empathetic above all else. Try to live the lives of your audience. – Rand Fishkin Click to Tweet

80. Design is about 3 dimensions & the 5 senses. – Danielle Sacks Click to Tweet

81. Designers shooting for usable is like a chef shooting for edible. – Aarron Walter Click to Tweet

82. If you think responsive is simple, I feel bad for you son. We got 99 viewports but the iPhone’s just 1. – Josh Brewer Click to Tweet

Design for spread and scale. – Denise Gershbein

83. Design for spread and scale. – Denise Gershbein Click to Tweet

84. If your business isn’t mobile friendly, your business is dead. – Jonathan Stark Click to Tweet

85. The trouble with so many of us is that we underestimate the power of simplicity.
– Robert Stuberg Click to Tweet

86. Rule of thumb for UX: More options, more problems. – Scott Belsky Click to Tweet

87. Innovate when you know you have a better idea, stick to conventions when you don’t.
– Steve Krug Click to Tweet

88. Want your users to fall in love with your designs? Fall in love with your users.
– Dana Chisnell Click to Tweet

“Does it better” will always beat “did it first.” – Aaron Levie

89. “Does it better” will always beat “did it first.” – Aaron Levie Click to Tweet

90. Empathy is important to understanding users holistically. – Shlomo Goltz Click to Tweet

91. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci Click to Tweet

92. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. – Hans Hofmann Click to Tweet

93. Websites that are hard to use frustrate customers, forfeit revenue & erode brands.
– Forrester Research Click to Tweet

94. Design based on data brings us back to its essence & will leave out all unnecessary decoration. – Jeanne De Bont Click to Tweet

Design is not art. It is about crafting solutions to real issues. – Mark Boulton

95. Design is not art. It is about crafting solutions to real issues. – Mark Boulton Click to Tweet

96. Your products run for election every day and good design is critical to winning the campaign. – A.G. Lafley Click to Tweet

97. It’s about catching customers in the act, & providing highly relevant & highly contextual information. – Paul Maritz Click to Tweet

98. Innovation is often the product of constraint. – Todd Waterbury Click to Tweet

99. Happy talk must die. – Steve Krug Click to Tweet

100. Design should never say, ‘Look at me.’ It should always say, ‘Look at this.’
– David Craib Click to Tweet

 

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