You know what drives me completely insane? When a person glances at a new product and says, “Wow, it’s beautifully designed!”
It basically makes me want to launch across the desk and yell, “Shut-your-mouth-you-dirty-liar!”
You can’t comment on a product’s design until you’ve actually used it.
Don’t get me wrong, you can call graphics beautifully designed all day long. You can even glance at a product and say that it’s beautiful.
But when you move past a graphic to a full blown product, you need to evaluate the design holistically.
If a product is gorgeous but impossible to use, it’s not beautifully designed.
If a client who is actively, heavily using your product tells you it’s beautifully designed, consider it the highest form of compliment.