August 31st, 2009

beans into peas!

nothing has to be pedestrian

"A true source of human happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life and elevating them by art." -- William Morris

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Whatever your work is, do it gladly. Do it as you would do it unto the Lord and not for people." -- Colossians 3:17, 23

"Usability, fundamentally, is a matter of bringing a bit of human rights into the world of computer-human interaction. It's a way to let our ideals shine through in our software, no matter how mundane the software is. You may think that you're stuck in a boring, drab IT department making mind-numbing inventory software that only five lonely people will ever use. But you have daily opportunities to show respect for humanity even with the most mundane software. Even if you are just working on a code library, an API that is invisible to everyone but other programmers, if you can design the API in a way that is consistent, easily understood, more obvious, and easier to get right, the programmers who use your API will be happier. By focusing on usability, you show your respect for the happiness of the people who run your code. That's why I care deeply about usability, and you should, too." -- Joel Spolsky, User Interface Design for Programmers
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