The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Most Powerful Usability quotations
You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.
The job of the designer is to make things understandable, usable, accessible, enjoyable... important to a public, that involves the public.
People talk about the middle of the road as though it were unacceptable.
Actually, all human problems, excepting morals, come into the gray areas. Things are not all black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.
Even the best designers produce successful products only if their designs solve the right problems. A wonderful interface to the wrong features will fail.
A general principle for all user interface design is to go through all of your design elements and remove them one at a time.
No constitution is or can be perfectly symmetrical, what it can and must be is generally accepted as both fair and usable.
It's amazing how much data is out there. The question is how do we put it in a form that's usable?
The next big thing is the one that makes the last big thing usable.
Hiring people to write code to sell is not the same as hiring people to design and build durable, usable, dependable software.
An API that isn't comprehensible isn't usable.
This freedom, this liberty, this beautiful and terrible thing, needful to man as air, usable as earth.
Design, in its broadest sense, is the enabler of the digital era - it's a process that creates order out of chaos, that renders technology usable to business. Design means being good, not just looking good.
Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, Shake well before using. That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.
Where the world comes in my way - and it comes in my way everywhere - I consume it to quiet the hunger of my egoism. For me you are nothing but - my food, even as I too am fed upon and turned to use by you. We have only one relation to each other, that of usableness, of utility, of use.
...pay attention to what users do, not what they say.
Beauty and brains, pleasure and usability - they should go hand in hand.
Knowledge can be enormously costly, and is often scattered in widely uneven fragments, too small to be individually usable in decision making. The communication and coordination of these scattered fragments of knowledge is one of the basic problems- perhaps the basic problem- of any society.
Usability is not everything. If usability engineers designed a nightclub, it would be clean, quiet, brightly lit, with lots of places to sit down, plenty of bartenders, menus written in 18-point sans-serif, and easy-to-find bathrooms. But nobody would be there. They would all be down the street at Coyote Ugly pouring beer on each other.
Inadequate use of usability engineering methods in software development projects have been estimated to cost the US economy about $30 billion per year in lost productivity.
The effort to untangle the human words from the divine seems not only futile to me but also unnecessary, since God works with what is. God uses whatever is usable in a life, both to speak and to act, and those who insist on fireworks in the sky may miss the electricity that sparks the human heart.
Life is a journey, and you can't carry everything with you. Only the usable baggage.
The world is complex, and so too must be the activities that we perform.
But that doesn't mean that we must live in continual frustration. No. The whole point of human-centered design is to tame complexity, to turn what would appear to be a complicated tool into one that fits the task, that is understandable, usable, enjoyable.
In the consumer economy taste is not the criterion in the marketing of expensive soft drinks, usability is not the primary criterion in the marketing of home and office appliances. We are surrounded with objects of desire, not objects of use.
The usability tests we have conducted during the last year have shown an increasing reluctance among users to accept innovations in Web design. The prevailing attitude is to request designs that are similar to everything else people see on the Web.
You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.
I have an obligation to use what I know to try to bring real, usable medical science to every doctor and bedside and patient.
When a caterpillar eats a leaf, then a thrush eats the caterpillar, or when a hawk eats the thrush only 5 to 20% of usable energy is transferred from one level to the next. ... Thus herbivores will account for a much smaller fraction of the biomass [than plants] and the carnivores for a still smaller fraction.
Make your mold. The best flux in the world will not make a usable shape unless you have a mold to pour it in.
I am well aware of the fact that the human race has known about the existence of a universal energy related to life for many ages. However, the basic task of natural science consisted of making this energy usable. This is the sole difference between my work and all preceding knowledge.
Well, if the NATO countries don't make more of their troops usable and don't get the equipment to get them fast where the action is, then the organisation will suffer and will increasingly become irrelevant.
Usability is like love. You have to care, you have to listen, and you have to be willing to change. You’ll make mistakes along the way, but that’s where growth and forgiveness come in.
God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: 'Use me.'
I can go into a playground of kids that don't know anything about Christianity, lead them to the Lord in a matter of, just no time at all, and just moments later they can be seeing visions and hearing the voice of God, because they're so open. They are so usable in Christianity.
Our purpose is simply to ask how theological principles can be shown to have usable secular analogues that throw light upon the nature of language.