Monday, January 30, 2006

Great Design

Joel Spolsky is really smart. He gets software. He gets design. Thankfully, he also likes to share.

Joel has begun posting a new series of articles (most of which aren't complete yet) where he discusses what "Great Design" really is. Everyone who cares about making products (or even services) should read this stuff. Then read it again until you understand it why he said it.

If enough engineers and product managers read this material (or other material that argues the same things), maybe we would stop seeing so much ill-conceived junk passed off as finished products. (Case in point: have your ever tried to synch your music collection using the software that comes with Creative's MP3 players? If so, my heart goes out to you - it's truly awful.)

1 comment:

robb said...

Yeah the mpio mp3 player software is nasty too - and it can only hold about 20 songs. So if I get frustrated with bad software and only 20 songs per upload, I can only imagine what your software must be like with hundreds of songs.

It's enough to make me want to get an iPod. And with that $400 rebate from the Alberta government that I got (I don't live in Alberta, but I got it nonetheless), I'm beginning to think that I might as well blow it on a trendy 'pod. After all, I am quickly becoming a yuppie, so why not embrace the stereotype and indulge myself?