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A lot of this month’s articles go against the grain of conventional wisdom. But I believe that once you know the rules you’re allowed to break them every once in a while. Hope you find something useful here.
The longer designers and developers work together, the better designers will understand what is easier and what is more difficult for the developers to build.
- Stefan Kaltenegger, Creative Technologist
The role of trust and understanding between designers and developers is an under-appreciated element of good UX. How Frontend Developers Can Help To Bridge The Gap Between Designers And Developers provides some insightful strategies to build rapport.
A common trap for designers is to only focus on creating designs that represent the perfect state of a user interface.
- Shane Doyle, Product Designer
Developers love edge cases, but many designers suffer from the opposite problem. Designing for Different States in the UI is a great reminder that the “ideal” state is only one of many touchpoints in the experience.
You don’t always need precise categories of user characteristics, but you do need some idea of who will be using the design, and what they’ll try to do with it.
- Kathryn Whitenton, Director of Digital Strategy
UX teaches that you can’t design for everyone, but some products really are used by incredibly broad groups. ‘Our Users Are Everyone’: Designing Mass-Market Products for Large User Audiences acknowledges this and provides solid guidance.
The biggest misconception of new projects is thinking that they start with the kickoff meeting.
- Arturo Ríos, UX Designer
How does a software project come to be? Get the answer to this question and more in A Comprehensive UX Guide to Project Kickoffs.
Increasing headcount is not the only way to advance your organization’s design prowess.
- Leah Buley, Director of Design Education
Design maturity is the degree to which design is infused in an organization. Are You Really Ready to Grow Your Design Team? shows you how to mature and get the best return on your design investment.
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