Fill in the blank

~ 21 October 2005 ~

“Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers _______.”

Answer to be posted soon.

Update: Answer is here.

 

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1   Richard@Home ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:05 AM

Simplify


2   Kenzie ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:13 AM

do too.


3   Duarte ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:13 AM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Don’t


4   Nicholas Rougeux ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:20 AM

“Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Redefine Design.”


5   Josh Pigford ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:25 AM

Reinvent


6   Sam ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:27 AM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Redes Rede Redesi Re Redesi Redesign.

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Research.

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Un-design.

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Steal Design.

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Don’t Exist.


7   Jemaleddin ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:29 AM

…only seem to blog quarterly and when they do, it’s in fits and spurts.

=-)


8   soxiam ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:36 AM

Great designers don’t blog.


9   John ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:41 AM

Steal.


10   Jonathan Broome ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:42 AM

…start their own business and begin looking for a better term than “redesign”. :)


11   Drew McLellan ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:45 AM

Sell sea shells by the sea shore?


12   John Serris ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:48 AM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers don’t do anything ‘cos their designs already rock!? :P


13   Praetorian ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:50 AM

“Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Design It First.”


14   John F ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:58 AM

Damn, both my answers are taken already:

1) Steal.

2) Reinvent.


15   Ara Pehlivanian ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:59 AM

set the bar.


16   Slava ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:02 AM

… are IN the bar?


17   Joshua Rudd ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:07 AM

My first thought was steal, too.


18   Gman ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:10 AM

Have Retired.


19   Venomin ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:13 AM

Read books and feed their brains


20   georgivar ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:27 AM

I think it was steal. Yep. Or copy. Whaterver. Great quote :)


21   Joshua Estell ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:29 AM

Go to SXSW?


22   Michael Ward ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:34 AM

…have an unhealthy love for Apple.

…try to define “web 2.0”

…redefine


23   jacob harvey ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:41 AM

Whew nobody used my idea…

great designers… sip coffee and ponder what to do next… then they have their production assistant army redesign it for them…

Seriously though I’d say great designers redesign as their mood fancies. Unless he/she’s totally full of him/herself there’s gonna be a redesign at some point because of evolving tastes, etc.

The questions has been discussed before but I think it’s more of a question of what a redesign is. I always consider it a total overhaul, not necessarily changing things that work. Some poeple just change their color scheme and header image and call it a day.


24   David Fross ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:41 AM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Refactor!


25   B. Adam ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:48 AM

Reboot!

;)


26   Ryan ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:55 AM

…pay a good designer to design for them.


27   Mark Benson ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:04 AM

Right on D. Fross. Refactor.


28   Jeff Clark ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:06 AM

…shouldn’t have the time to redesign!


29   Josh ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:08 AM

…are too swamped by paying work to consider a redesign. (in a perfect world)


30   Nathan Smith ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:17 AM

Re-Brand ?


31   Adam Thody ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:19 AM

Re-Think.


32   Mike ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:21 AM

Get someone else to do it.


33   Luke Redpath ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:23 AM

Reimagine


34   Lief Stryder van der Baan ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:23 AM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers just solve problems.


35   Chris Griego ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:35 AM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers consult on redesigns.


36   Eddy Bones ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:50 AM

…Did it right the first time.


37   Stuart ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:50 AM

Don’t need to?


38   chromepoet ~ 21 October 2005 at 09:51 AM

!…there are great designers?


39   Dave Simon ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:15 AM

Great designers tweak to make a good design great.

Great designers detail. And I don’t mean cleaning your car. :)


40   Waylon ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:17 AM

Steal.


41   adam ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:18 AM

“Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Leave Well Enough Alone.”


42   Daniel Oliver ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:23 AM

I’m with Adam on this one.

Good designers redesign, great designers reboot.

Saying that though, I couldn’t see your name down on the rebooters list. Bitterly disappointing :-(


43   Sean Sperte ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:27 AM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Know What the Blank is


44   Nick ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:30 AM

…party.


45   John Bedard ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:36 AM

soxiam (#8): LOL. I just about blew coffee out my nose.


46   Geoff ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:40 AM

Innovate. { i feel so corporate & DIRTY for saying that, bleeeach. } Ok, how about “Make history”.


47   Olly ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:41 AM

…are east african lowland gorillas.


48   Miko ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:48 AM

Don’t you dare slap Picasso in the face!


49   jay ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:50 AM

…never stop fiddling


50   Kyle ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:54 AM

work in print and industrial design


51   Dennis West ~ 21 October 2005 at 11:34 AM

…slit their wri… no, I meant to say, start over from scratch knowing what didn’t work.


52   Jason ~ 21 October 2005 at 11:52 AM

Although one was already taken, I’ll say it again:

1. Steal
2. Repeat


53   Matt ~ 21 October 2005 at 12:22 PM

… get paid more for it.


54   William Stewart ~ 21 October 2005 at 12:31 PM

Here’s mine (without reading the other entries):

…know when it is good enough.
…know when to stop.
…commit suicide.


55   Richard Medek ~ 21 October 2005 at 12:47 PM

…start a consulting firm, write a few books, and save all the best work for their blogs.


56   michelangelo ~ 21 October 2005 at 12:48 PM

…copy apple.


57   Carl Peterson ~ 21 October 2005 at 12:55 PM

Count their blessings, name them one by one.


58   Chris G ~ 21 October 2005 at 01:01 PM

I can’t believe no one has said this yet:

… create!


59   Julian ~ 21 October 2005 at 01:05 PM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers don’t have the time to.


60   luciano ~ 21 October 2005 at 01:21 PM

… get rich


61   mikedeh ~ 21 October 2005 at 01:35 PM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Design


62   Jon B. ~ 21 October 2005 at 01:58 PM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Sit at a Computer for 12 hours painstakingly nitpicking every detail…


63   Paul ~ 21 October 2005 at 02:31 PM

stand around on corners damning England


64   aliotsy ~ 21 October 2005 at 02:44 PM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Recycle.


65   Alder Locke ~ 21 October 2005 at 02:48 PM

Steal


66   monkeyinabox ~ 21 October 2005 at 02:57 PM

kick back and drink beer


67   Curtis C ~ 21 October 2005 at 03:13 PM

Every designer’s JOB is to motivate. “Click here, buy now, save the rainforest, think about me, pick me, feel good, smile or cry.” That is the minimum.

What truely great designers do is *INSPIRE*


68   Drew McLellan ~ 21 October 2005 at 03:21 PM

… can’t make bail.


69   Drew McLellan ~ 21 October 2005 at 03:22 PM

OK, serious guess.

Great Designers are dead already.

Often true greatness is only recognised after the person’s death.


70   Paul ~ 21 October 2005 at 03:27 PM

innovate


71   Khairudin Lee ~ 21 October 2005 at 03:43 PM

”..design new ones.”

That or

”..reinvent” or “..redefine” as mentioned earlier above.


72   Brock ~ 21 October 2005 at 04:12 PM

Rethink.


73   Greg ~ 21 October 2005 at 05:10 PM

An INXS song could be written using the comments here.


74   Tim ~ 21 October 2005 at 05:22 PM

..go to the pub.


75   Jg ~ 21 October 2005 at 05:54 PM

…blow sh** up.


76   Jg ~ 21 October 2005 at 05:55 PM

Or undesign.


77   Lee Dale ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:10 PM

All jokes aside (I mean, humour is always the correct answer, right), I have to say that I believe 34 Lief and 67 Curtis are on the right path.

Lief said “Great Designers just solve problems.”
Curtis said “What truely great designers do is *INSPIRE*”

Really if you’re not effecting positive change (mankind can arguably never be static, so change is required), you’re not great. And design is the most powerful method of change. Design effects transportation, interaction, consumption; matter of fact, all aspects of life.

But that makes everyone a designer, right?

And “redesign”. Well that could encompass inspiring and problem solving and effecting change.

Right, so language sucks.

Therefore, good designers redesign; great designers resolve semantic issues.

Thank you. I’ll stop thinking now before I light on fire.


78   Daniel ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:44 PM

…continue designing.


79   BigA ~ 21 October 2005 at 07:47 PM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers have fees even larger than their egos so you might as well hire a Good Designer who’s willing to work with you.


80   Anders Hovmöller ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:11 PM

…are faster


81   Stephen O'Connor ~ 21 October 2005 at 08:16 PM

“Don’t have to.” ;)


82   Steven Hambleton ~ 21 October 2005 at 10:59 PM

STEAL.

I’ve read the article ;)


83   John Serris ~ 22 October 2005 at 02:00 AM

The article is “Good designer COPY, great designers STEAL”.

I think this meant to be something different.


84   Joshua Estell ~ 22 October 2005 at 02:51 AM

…get all the hot convention chicks.”


85   nortypig ~ 22 October 2005 at 04:37 AM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Reinvent Themselves


86   alahallmighty ~ 22 October 2005 at 11:54 AM

…take a vacation and go to ______________.


87   Kyle ~ 22 October 2005 at 03:00 PM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers write Sitepoint articles.


88   Jonathan Fenochi ~ 22 October 2005 at 04:51 PM

Good designers redesign, great designers are more successful.

Good designers redesign, great designers know how.

Good designers redesign, great designers redesign better.

Good designers redesign, great designers design to fit.


89   Nathan ~ 22 October 2005 at 04:58 PM

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Re-architect, Rethink, Inspire

My 3 cents


90   Michael B. ~ 22 October 2005 at 08:09 PM

…change the paradigm.


91   Joe Clay ~ 22 October 2005 at 10:22 PM

Good designers redesign, great designers don’t have the time to read all of the above comments.


92   slater ~ 23 October 2005 at 12:59 AM

“Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers shift paradigms whilst harnessing end-user interactive environments on the information superhighway, utilizing massively parallel human-computer interface infrastructures and aggregating world-class synergies into front-end, best-of-breed infomediaries”


93   Matthew ~ 23 October 2005 at 05:46 AM

make more $.


94   ACJ ~ 23 October 2005 at 09:54 AM

…Design.


95   Anthony Y ~ 23 October 2005 at 06:17 PM

sleep


96   YaaL ~ 23 October 2005 at 07:23 PM

…are already two steps ahead (:


97   Ray ~ 23 October 2005 at 07:45 PM

Fart golden Buahuas grids


98   Roper ~ 23 October 2005 at 08:26 PM

… Design. Oh, and listen to the Beatles.


99   Mahesh Babu.R ~ 23 October 2005 at 10:02 PM

……Great Designers - Steal (Period) :)


100   Kevin Navia ~ 23 October 2005 at 10:37 PM

Designers Re-invent


101   fondue ~ 23 October 2005 at 11:47 PM

…..stay humble in front of clients when telling the truth.


102   quinn ~ 24 October 2005 at 01:40 AM

Observe


103   nick ~ 24 October 2005 at 02:06 AM

…evolve


104   Anthony ~ 24 October 2005 at 02:31 AM

…swear

…blag it (for non-brits: blag = bs, make it up as you go along.)

…conceptualise

…do it. heh heh heh

…charge 3 times more

and I’m sure there are hundreds of others!


105   Tor Bollingmo ~ 24 October 2005 at 04:51 AM

.. don’t.


106   Martin ~ 24 October 2005 at 04:53 AM

… copy.”

definitely.

last time i copied a pullover design and it made a nice web site. :-) (having said this, i’m not suggesting that i’m a great designer. because i’m not.)


107   Matt ~ 24 October 2005 at 09:10 AM

inspire others to redesign.


108   Tae ~ 24 October 2005 at 09:36 AM

get copied.


109   Dan ~ 24 October 2005 at 09:52 AM

Innovate.


110   DaveMo ~ 24 October 2005 at 09:54 AM

…are never satisfied


111   Chris ~ 24 October 2005 at 11:41 AM

…fix the good designers redesign.


112   Devin ~ 24 October 2005 at 12:50 PM

STEAL.


113   Carl Peterson ~ 24 October 2005 at 01:06 PM

borrow


114   Frank Manno ~ 24 October 2005 at 03:09 PM

re-ignite!


115   Harry ~ 24 October 2005 at 04:49 PM

Good designers redesign great designers.


116   Luke Moulton ~ 24 October 2005 at 10:11 PM

..charge like a wounded bull


117   georgivar ~ 25 October 2005 at 12:44 AM

Now it turns out that the missing word is “realign” :)


118   schnuck ~ 25 October 2005 at 02:48 AM

…let design.


119   Louise ~ 25 October 2005 at 05:19 AM

Continually re-assess


120   Chris K ~ 25 October 2005 at 07:20 AM

Just saw the article this morning on ALA. Looking forward to reading it.


121   Ray ~ 25 October 2005 at 07:56 AM

Answer is here.

Aaaauuugh Ha Ha ha ha
Very clever. You cheeky little monkey you. You should be in on the /deck/ ; )


122   Jens Meiert (of UITest.com) ~ 25 October 2005 at 08:32 AM

…quit.


123   Pete C ~ 25 October 2005 at 09:54 AM

I’m gonna go with realign!


124   kmccaul ~ 25 October 2005 at 11:10 AM

…go against the flow.


125   Kevin ~ 25 October 2005 at 11:13 AM

don’t rhyme!


126   Mats Lindblad ~ 25 October 2005 at 02:02 PM

I think, in light of the ALA article, that the word you where looking for, in THIS context, was ADVERTISE. ;)

Very clever. :D


127   Mahesh Babu.R ~ 25 October 2005 at 10:14 PM

Got it Right from Alistapart :)

Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Realign


128   km ~ 26 October 2005 at 07:52 AM

… use buzzwords all the time


129   unrest 5000 ~ 28 October 2005 at 12:30 AM

have names like roshan mehdjul and shusahna shubaz [please visualize the umlaut]


130   g ~ 02 November 2005 at 01:55 PM

“Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers throw away 99% of their work.


131   Raja Sandhu ~ 10 November 2005 at 12:24 PM

…RESIGN!!


132   John Dole ~ 15 November 2005 at 02:45 AM

…get copied.


133   toothy ~ 10 December 2005 at 07:14 PM

Have No LIFE!




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