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Striving for Unreachable Perfection The Robotic Touch in Product Design

Are you tired of creating designs that are *actually* relatable and usable? Do you wish your users were less engaged with your products? Look no further! We’ve got the perfect antidote to that pesky human-centered design approach.

The Joys of Perfectionism in Product Design

Let’s Start with: Burnout and Lack of Creativity – A Designer’s Best Friends

Who needs creativity or work-life balance when you can aim for a perfect design that’s likely unattainable? Embrace burnout! It’s the trendy new state that all designers are raving about. And remember, creativity is overrated. Why innovate when you can just replicate existing design patterns?

Design for Imaginary Users – They’re Always Happy!

Forget real people with diverse needs and preferences. Why bother understanding your users when you can just imagine an ideal user who loves everything you design? Real users might have frustrating things called ‘feedback’ and ‘expectations’ – but not our imaginary friends!

Overlook Small Details for That Perfect Big Picture

Don’t sweat the small stuff, like microinteractions, feedback mechanisms, or copywriting. In our world, only the grand, visually impressive elements of a design matter. After all, who needs a fully functional product when it looks so darn good in the promo pictures?

ai-generated illustration of a magical wizard
Created by John Wayne Hill with Midjourney

The Power of Perfection

Uniformity and Predictability – The New Cool

Who said quirks and unique features make a design more relatable? We say, make everything uniform and predictable! Throw out those pesky imperfections that make a design truly memorable.

Authenticity? Overrated!

Transparency? Honesty? Pfft! Let’s maintain an air of mystery. Users love a good guessing game, right?

Ditch Diverse Perspectives for the Comfort of Monotony

Who needs diversity in design? A single, uniform perspective is the way to go. It’s so much easier to design when everyone’s thoughts and experiences are the same, isn’t it?

ai-generated abstract illustration of a man on hill overlooking a city
Created by John Wayne Hill with Midjourney

Strategies for Embracing Perfection in Your Design Process

Adopt a Fixed Mindset: Perfection is a One-Time Goal

Why learn and grow when you can simply aim for a perfect end result from the get-go? Remember, mistakes are for losers.

Shun Collaboration – You’re the Star!

Why bring authenticity and uniqueness to your designs through collaboration when you can just do everything yourself? Who needs team members when you have your own genius?

Ignore User Feedback – They Don’t Know What They Want

User feedback? Testing? Bah! Let’s design in a vacuum. Because, let’s be honest, what do users know about what they want or need?

ai-illustration of a black woman meditating
Created by John Wayne Hill with Midjourney

The Importance of Being Hard on Yourself in the Design Process

Your Design MUST be Perfect!

Remember, the only acceptable design is a perfect design. Anything less than that is an abomination. And who needs resilience when you can just beat yourself up over every minor flaw?

Your Unique Perspective is a Bug, Not a Feature

What’s this about embracing your personal design style? Your individuality is an obstacle, not an asset.

Focus Only on the Perfect End Result

Who cares about the journey of growth and learning? The only thing that matters is the destination: a flawless end result.

ai-illustration of a group of people giving feedback about a design
Created by John Wayne Hill with Midjourney


In the pursuit of perfect design, let’s strive for robotic uniformity, discourage diversity, and ignore the human touch. Perfection is the goal, and any deviation from that is a failure. And remember, if you’re not on the verge of burnout, are you even trying?

Well, we hope you had a good laugh! This post, of course, is satirical. For some actual advice that can help you become a better designer, check out “Don’t Be Perfect, Be Human” on Design Is Hard. It’s a thoughtful exploration of the power of authenticity, empathy, and imperfection in product design. Learn how to create designs that truly resonate with users and make a meaningful difference in their lives. Go read it now to actually learn something!

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