Engineers will often need the exact measurements of elements in a design. When no design system exists, they will need to re-ask these measurements every time. Additionally, other questions may frequently be repeated without a source of trut... more
When new designers join, how long does it take for them to understand your design language? Show the value of a design system by explaining how much faster designers could be on boarded.
Without a design system, designers must re-create every (or most) elements in their designs. This is time consuming. By showing the amount of time that could be saved with a design system, you are able to prove the value in terms of hours gi... more
Some of the strongest IC’s who have developed in-depth knowledge of the company they work at or the practice they work within often become the strongest influencers on others. In these cases, transitioning from IC to manager is very natural ... more
As a product scales so will the team. In this instance, transitioning from IC to manager might be needed to help the company continue to grow.
I add a summary or tl;dr section to every one of my projects. This allows people to get a sense for the project in 2-3 sentences and decide if they want to read more. If you do this well, they can read the summaries of all your projects in a... more
Include findings from your user interviews, analytics you collected and anything else that informed the project.
Why are you writing this case study? To get a new job? To build your social profile? To educate others? If your goal is to get a job, write specifically to hiring managers. If you don't know what they want, find some hiring managers and ask ... more
Uncovering the branding and design needs of clubs and organizations on campus is key. Find someone in need, and lead the way for design. That's what I did with a campus organization and a collegiate hackathon, and it paid off major dividends... more
A great way to get involved in the design community at your school is to discover those who are already a part of it. Attending meetups and events at or around school is the pathway to meeting new and like-minded people, and can lead to unco... more
Some people really benefit from a classroom environment, others benefit more from real-world application. Figure out what works best for you and factor it in to your decision.
Which option will provide the larger return? Not just financial return, either. Think about the long term knowledge, connections, and growth opportunities you will be faced with or miss out on by dropping out.
It's easy to fall into the trap of not intently seeking new information when you are not in a classroom environment. Would you be able to grow in knowledge if you were not in school anymore?
Under each design practice falls a set of processes. For instance, UX design requires understanding the problem space, wire framing, and designing.
Understanding what you want your team to be accomplishing is the first step in determining what roles you will need to hire for.
Each designer on your team brings skills to the table. By understanding your weakest points of the design process, you will have a better understanding of your team’s weaknesses. Hiring for the areas you are weakest is often a good strategy ... more
Encourage your team to estimate how your work will affect your KPIs (or OKRs or whatever you choose to call your metrics). Write them down, and check back often.
When you begin working on a new feature, improvement, or even a simple fix, attach an intended outcome to the work you do.
Pros: No fussing with UI, no broken links, no ads, no need for an internet connection. Best for quick and dirty moodboarding, which I honestly find to be useful for capturing the essence of a vision. It's also easy to subdivide different aes... more
Pros: Are.na has the ability to collect all types of media for inspiration (including website captures). Cons: It might be overkill and a time-suck if you just want to create a simple visual moodboard.
Pros: Easy to collaborate and share pictures/videos. Cons: It is frustrating if you want to organize into subcategories, you can't merge boards, and the tagging/search UX is a mess. Honestly who writes the descriptions for these things?