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Donald Norman Quotes and Sayings

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In my opinion, no single design is apt to be optimal for everyone.
- Donald Norman

Related topics: Design

And to get real work experience, you need a job,
and most jobs will require you to have had either real
work experience or a graduate degree.
- Donald Norman

Our information lives will be better served when we
are free to get to our information from wherever we are,
with any device available.
- Donald Norman

Readers always seem to think that the author has some
control over the design of their books.
- Donald Norman

 

So what does a good teacher do? Create tension -
but just the right amount.
- Donald Norman

User-centered design means working with your users
all throughout the project.
- Donald Norman

Everyday people are not very good designers.
- Donald Norman

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Also note that invariably when we design something
that can be used by those with disabilities,
we often make it better for everyone.
- Donald Norman

It is relatively easy to design for the perfect cases,
when everything goes right, or when all the information
required is available in proper format.
- Donald Norman

Beauty and brains, pleasure and usability -
they should go hand in hand.
- Donald Norman

I think there is a tendency in science to measure what
is measurable and to decide that what you cannot measure must be uninteresting.
- Donald Norman

I believe that the Apple Shuffle is an excellent compromise
among the conflicting requirements of simplicity,
elegance, size, battery life, and function.
- Donald Norman

I believe that robots should only have faces if they truly need them.
- Donald Norman

Market segmentation s a natural result of the vast
differences among people.
- Donald Norman

You won't catch me giving clear lectures.
- Donald Norman

I prefer design by experts - by people who know what they are doing.
- Donald Norman

Knowing how people will use something is essential.
- Donald Norman

We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter.
- Donald Norman

The problem with emotion was that it was clearly something important,
but-at least according to the old philosophy-it was something to overcome.
- Donald Norman

Am I an Apple bigot? No.
I can critique their products and their customer service philosophy.
But overall, they do better than any other player.
- Donald Norman

To me, error analysis is the sweet spot for improvement.
- Donald Norman

Scientists are always skeptics.
- Donald Norman

If you think the products don't match what you want from a product,
don't buy it.
- Donald Norman

AS for all those mistakes I make - they are on purpose -
to teach you how to deal with them.
- Donald Norman

I've been looking at the iPod- the Apple iPod.
One of the interesting things about the iPod,
one of the things that people love most about it is not the technology;
it's the box it comes in.
- Donald Norman

Isn't one of your first exercises in learning how to
communicate to write a description of how to tie your
shoelaces? The point being that it's basically impossible
to use text to show that.
- Donald Norman

Sure, one can always get the students to relax and be happy -
entertained,
but although being laid back and relax can also lead to creativity,
mostly it means that nothing much gets done.
- Donald Norman

A big ethical question is what happens after people stop using the device.
Does it degrade the environment? Could it have been
designed so it would actually be good for the environment?
- Donald Norman

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

There is no truth, only human opinion.
- Anonymous

Your opinion is nothing but your point of view.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
- Rumi

Value your own opinion more, and others' opinions less.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

People do not seem to realize that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you,
but your opinion that these things are insulting.
- Epictetus

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If anyone is unhappy, remember that
his unhappiness is his own fault...
Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility
except our own opinion.
- Epictetus

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

Having a personal opinion is great.
Believing that one's personal opinion is absolute truth
leads to most of the world's troubles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People who want to share their religious views with you
almost never want you to share yours with them.
- Dave Barry

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Truth always rests with the minority,
and the minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion,
while the strength of a majority is illusory,
formed by the gangs who have no opinion -
and who, therefore, in the next instant
(when it is evident that the minority is the stronger)
assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.
- Soren Kierkegaard

In all matters of opinion,
our adversaries are insane.
- Oscar Wilde

People will, in a great degree,
and not without reason,
form their opinion of you upon
that which they have of your friends;
and there is a Spanish proverb
which says very justly,
"Tell me whom you live with,
and I will tell you who you are.
- Lord Chesterfield

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion
without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were
only there for the beer -
the wealth,
prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems,
in my opinion, to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man
are those of bearing and forbearing.
- Epictetus

No one can have a higher opinion of you than I have,
and I think you're a slimy, contemptible sewer rat!
- the movie The Great Mouse Detective

There is no such thing as public opinion.
There is only published opinion.
- Winston Churchill

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
- Arnold H. Glasow

The world is governed by opinion.
- William Ellery Channing

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion.
The several sects perform the office of a Censor -
over each other.
- Thomas Jefferson

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide,
and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
- Robert Hall

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

The good opinion of mankind,
like the lever of Archimedes,
with the given fulcrum, moves the world.
- Thomas Jefferson

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
- Will Rogers

The way people in democracies think of the government
as something different from themselves is a real handicap.
And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
- Lewis Mumford

Elton John's opinion turned the label's opinion around,
all in a day.
- Barry White

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


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