Scattered throughout the site are quotes from others that have informed my user experience philosophy. Here they are in one place, with some friends.
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is now.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
For actions, here are the biggest questions: what are the seriously considered options available to an expert? Then, what do naïve people do?
A positive user experience is the only method of differentiation these days. In the early days of the web, I mistakenly believed that brand drove user experience which, in hindsight, was an old media way of thinking. These days, brand (and everything else) follows user experience.
—Andrew Anker, Six Apart
The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance.
All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.
Every CEO of a social network should be required to use the default privacy settings for all of their accounts on the service.
Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Nothing is useful unless likewise honest.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
You have to be on fire yourself to light one.
Natural selection is a theory of local adaptation to changing environments. It proposes no perfecting principles, no guarantee of general improvement.
—Stephen Jay Gould
My experience is what I agree to attend to.
Personally, I think neither of these methods must be preferred to the exclusion of the other. Both may be used in turn by the same individual.
Entities must not be reduced to the point of inadequacy.
You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.
Any architect (physical or digital) needs to have one foot in the past and one in the future.
Entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity.
—William of Ockham
We often get blinded by the forms in which content is produced, rather than the job that the content does.
Continuous eloquence wearies. [Or, I can haz lolspeak?]
You know you’ve got a good piece of software when people use it for purposes for which the designers never intended or designed for.
The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly—to develop strategies of seeing and showing.
Without an architecture of our own we have no soul.
—Frank Lloyd Wright
If you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a joke?