Things you think are obvious often aren’t, text you thought explained something doesn’t even get read, and generally speaking users do things they weren’t supposed to do. Even if the only user testing you ever do is asking some friends to use a site while you observe them, you’ll already be better for it.
Von R. Glitschka
Listen to your client, take into consideration all of their input, weigh the options, study the details, know the target audience, and then, if necessary, ignore all of it and design what you think will work best.
It isn’t a question of enhancement through design. Whether an editor realizes it or not, design is part of what he does every time he prints the paper.
I like jumping back and forth between a few different things to let my subconscious chew on one problem while my conscious works on something else.
I’ve been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume that what designers do is decoration. Good design is problem solving.