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
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
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.
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
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
AFTER you've come up with your story, and the main things you want to call out, then and only then you can find imagery from your project that augment the story and helps keep things moving. Images are super important and many people will co... more
Tip, one easy way to get a lot of the content done is to ask a friend or co-worker to mock interview you about the project. Typing the responses up and show a lot of what people find interesting about it.
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.
Think about if or what school has provided you up until this point. Is it something you value? If so, will staying in school provide any more of it?
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
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.
When you begin working on a new feature, improvement, or even a simple fix, attach an intended outcome to the work you do.
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.
Pros: This can be fun and inspiring if you have relevant resources (but do you really want to sacrifice your precious copies of Apartamento to the analog Gods?) Cons: Limitations, glue sticks and storage problems. This can be an emotionally ... more
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: 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?