Here’s one for the engineers

Oftentimes, engineers seem to get stuck in the mindset that if they just create a product/website/software/etc. that does everything it needs to do, it’ll be awesomely successful. Oftentimes the rest of us think of designers as being “nice to have”, that they can make things look nice but that they’re not entirely necessary. Not so.

I just stumbled across an article called “In defense of Eye Candy” that describes the supremely important role that designers play in the development of any product.  Watch the slide presentation, it’s fascinating.

If you’re still not convinced about the power of good design, check out this article at UX Magazine. Apparently the companies that invest in design also have the best stock performance.

Here’s one for the engineers

Oftentimes, engineers seem to get stuck in the mindset that if they just create a product/website/software/etc. that does everything it needs to do, it’ll be awesomely successful. Oftentimes the rest of us think of designers as being “nice to have”, that they can make things look nice but that they’re not entirely necessary. Not so.

I just stumbled across an article called “In defense of Eye Candy” that describes the supremely important role that designers play in the development of any product.  Watch the slide presentation, it’s fascinating.

If you’re still not convinced about the power of good design, check out this article at UX Magazine. Apparently the companies that invest in design also have the best stock performance.

Adobe.com redesigned

Okay I know I just barely posted about major sites that have redesigned but here’s another one to chalk up. Adobe.com. Problem is…they’ve screwed everything up. First, lets take a look at their old site.

Original Adobe Design

Now there was nothing spectacular about this design, but it was clean and open. It offered lots of whitespace and felt balanced. You could get where you wanted to go and all the internal pages matched the homepage in personality.

But take a look at their new page. It’s large and imposing, it feels off balance, and you have to scroll way down to get past the huge video if you want to access the content.

Adobe Homepage

Add to that the the internal pages each have their own style and you get a mishmash of disunity. C’mon Adobe, you’re supposed to be the masters of design. You can do better than that.

Adobe’s Product Page

Adobe’s Photoshop Page