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On design vs. style

Friday, September 2, 2011 by Thomas L

So, recently I was listening to the Style episode of This Developer's Life, talking about the importance of design. In the beginning, the interviewer talks to a designer working at Microsoft, and it hit me that they, without mentioning it, are talking about the single reason why Apple has fared so well in the marketplace.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
- Steve Jobs

Compare the quote from Steve Jobs above to the Microsoft designer talking about colors in the code surface.

Design isn't visuals, it's the entire user experience. If you're only doing a fair job thinking about how the user will actually use your feature, there's no way the user is going to think your product is good even though you put a lot of thought into the color scheme.

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