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:
- Personal: Your content; your behaviour; your accounts
- Pure: What you remove is more important than what you put in
- Beautiful essentials. What you do everyday
- 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)
- Reduce - The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.
- Organize - Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.
- Time - Saving in time feel like simplicity.
- Learn - Knowledge makes everything simpler.
- Differences - Simplicity and complexity need each other.
- Context - What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.
- Emotion - More emotions are better than less.
- Trust - In simplicity trust.
- Failure - Some things can never be made simple.
- The one - Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.