8 February 2008

Microsoft Design Center

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Microsoft Design Center
The website of the Microsoft Design Center looks like it is set up as a one-stop shop for everything related to design, usability and user experience that this huge company is involved with.

Although somewhat shallow in substance and with too much of a marketing approach, it is worth some exploration, especially the mobility page, and the articles listed at the bottom of this page.

Here is the site’s mission statement (there is no “about” section):

Our Mission
To create products that people love to experience

One of our greatest challenges is imbuing our products with “spirit” and “magic.” This is easier said than done. Designers at Microsoft work side by side with the world’s best software developers and usability experts to attain that elusive yet worthwhile goal. We take what can be a very complex problem and provide product design solutions based on a thorough understanding of the user’s abilities, hopes, and expectations. Through our design, we strive to creative products of simplicity that you will also find intuitive to use. We aspire to creative beautiful experiences that not only look amazing, but also make our customers feel amazing about themselves.

Like love, great design requires no explanation.

They then go on doing exactly that.

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