“So this is what I’m talking about when I say “Great Design.” It’s that ineffable quality that certain incredibly successful products have that makes people fall in love with them despite their flaws. It’s extremely hard to pull off. I sure as heck can’t do it. But, if you bear with me, I think I have some theories as to what’s happening. While these theories do not exactly add up to a recipe for making good products into great products, they may give you a clue as to what’s going on when people go crazy about the Aeron chair or Julia Roberts.”

Link: What Makes It Great? (joelonsoftware.com)