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Universal Design Principles

Are there universal design principles that we can use to guide our design work. Design ideas that can help us be a 'better' designer?

Here are a collection of design principles from well  known designers.

Peter Skillman (Head of design for HERE, a Nokia business) has four key design principles:
  1. Personal: Your content; your behaviour; your accounts
  2. Pure: What you remove is more important than what you put in
  3. Beautiful essentials. What you do everyday
  4. More emotion is better than less (see also John Maeda)
John Maeda (former president of the Rhode Island School of Design, is dedicated to linking design and technology)
  1. Reduce - The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.
  2. Organize - Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.
  3. Time - Saving in time feel like simplicity.
  4. Learn - Knowledge makes everything simpler.
  5. Differences - Simplicity and complexity need each other.
  6. Context - What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.
  7. Emotion - More emotions are better than less.
  8. Trust - In simplicity trust.
  9. Failure - Some things can never be made simple.
  10. The one - Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.