When engineers and designers team up, magic can happen. Everyone on the team is more engaged. User research findings and usability testing results are shared with everyone. Engineers are invited to walk-throughs of early designs and asked for feedback and input. Designers become aware of technology constraints and the structure of data that can be surfaced from the system to users. And a whole lot more—meaning good ideas and thinking are spreading throughout the team to help build an awesome product for users.
Unfortunately, in some companies, the engineering and design teams are siloed from each other. Whether the separation was planned or occurred organically, the consequences are the same. Morale, efficiency, and in the end, the product will suffer. How do you align design and engineering teams into a unified product team?
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It happens to everyone. The pressure is on, deadlines are looming, and there is a lot on the line—but there is one problem. You, or your team, has hit a brick wall—you have creative block. There are problems in need of solutions, and the solutions are just not cutting it. It happens to everyone, to whole teams, and it can happen to you—it likely has. What now? How do you jump start creativity?
There are a number of ways to get things going again—we’ll look at a few.
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The presentation I delivered at the Publishing Business Conference & Expo 12 on Advanced Design for eBooks: Enhanced eBook Ideas and Implementation. Continue reading “Advanced Design for eBooks: Enhanced eBook Ideas and Implementation”
Even with discount testing, you sometimes need subjects fast and cheap and user experience research. One easy place to find subjects is a nearby cafe. Here are some suggestions for doing this. Continue reading “Caffeinated Usability Testing—Fast, Cheap and in a Cafe”
The debate rages on, should designers code? Why don’t more designers code? Here are my thoughts on these questions. Continue reading “Should designers code?”