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Welcome to Ordered List

Ordered List is the web home of Steve Smith, web and application designer/developer. He lives in Indiana, works at GitHub, and speaks about design, applications, and science. Looking for a speaker? Get in touch.

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Published on Dec 29, 2013

For me, starting a project is thrilling. The unknown is exciting. The opportunity to solve new problems in new ways is inspiring. But nothing compares to the joy of finishing. Starting is easy. Finishing is hard.

Don’t Be Interesting

Published on Nov 14, 2013

In my last post, I explained how a disciplined approach to designing creates better results. But how does one go about selecting the perfect combination of features to include in your designs?

The Threat of Creativity

Published on Oct 17, 2013

Designers tend to laud the concept of creativity. A unique, original idea that has never existed before. It takes imagination. Skill. Vision. Confidence.

But in my experience, excellent design is rarely about creating something new. The so-called flash-of-brilliance isn't about invention. It's about distillation. It feels so strikingly simple. It doesn't feel new. It feels like it should have always been that way. Knowing that, I would argue that the best designs come from discipline, not creativity.