There is always this sense of guilt when creating an object. It is an act of extreme narcissism to take what is in perfect harmony in nature - beautiful and perfect in itself -and to convince oneself that what it is to become is worth this sacrifice. So, "Why should it exist?" is a question that I ask myself everyday.
"The basis of Udanax hypertext's design is that information is complex, and all information is embedded in a context that gives it meaning. The common misconception is that things are meaningful by themselves, i.e., that a word has an atomic definition or that documents are self-contained bodies of meaning. Instead, meaning requires a topology of relationships. Words and documents gain their full meaning because of their relationships to other words, documents, ideas, and circumstances."
I’ve come to think of software applications as a form of digital architecture: some are places of concentration, others of collaboration, others clearly just for fun. Software’s emotional dimension is crucial: how it feels dictates how it’s used. (Architects hire environmental psychologists; tech companies hire user-experience researchers.) Microsoft Word is the quiet room at the university library; personal Gmail is a dirty kitchen, yesterday’s plates stacked next to the sink; Twitter is an overcrowded bar. Throughout the day, I’ll move from room to room, alternating between solitude and socializing, work and play.
For most human makers of things, the incompleteness and inconsistencies of our ideas become clear only during implementation.
— Fred Brooks, The Design of Design
Design is an iterative process. The necessary number of iterations is one more than the number you have currently done. This is true at any point in time.
[T]here have been times when we’ve been working on a program and when we are at a very mature stage and we do have solutions and you have that sinking feeling because you’re trying to articulate the values to yourself and to others just a little bit too loudly,” he said. “And you have that sinking feeling that the fact that you are having to articulate the value and persuade other people is probably indicative of the fact that actually it’s not good enough. On a number of occasions we’ve actually all been honest with ourselves and said ‘you know, this isn’t good enough, we need to stop’. And that’s very difficult.
— Jonathan Ive