Working with designers

A series of posts useful to anyone who hasn't yet had the opportunity to commission design work, or work with designers on a project as a stakeholder.

It can't be denied that designers have been going through an identity crisis in the past decade or so. Being a designer today is challenging not only because of the job itself, but because of the insecurities that go with it in terms of boundaries of expertise.

Designers can recreate what you have asked them to do, but then you cannot expect to get that wow effect, as it’s something that’s already seen and that’s not a designer being creative, that’s a designer executing your wish and doing what they are told to do.

For the longest time UI kits were the biggest puzzle to me. Why would anyone go through the pain and suffering of designing individual UI elements, without having a specific need for them, or a tangible end goal?

We all know what constitutes a “deliverable”, right? An artefact we hand off to a team down the line, or to the stakeholders themselves. Did you know that most of your deliverables should not be considered as sacred as most designers consider them to be?

Static websites are easy to make, they are more secure than their dynamic counterparts, and are easier to develop. Dynamic sites, on the other hand it is much easier to make changes or update the content. How do you decide?

Designing is not just about being creative, it’s about solving problems and finding solutions, it’s about catering the needs of your clients who would be the beneficiaries of the product you are working on. This is how the whole process flows in our agency.

The Boy Scout motto, which you must have heard of, is always "be prepared”, so here's a list of things you need to be and stay prepared when meeting a designer/design team. Read it carefully as it may come in handy.

If you’ve read about this issue before you know that most of the authors describe this as a chicken and the egg dilemma, well I have to break it to you - it’s a far cry from that.

Every so often we get a question of why we don’t add some more details to our mock-ups and come closer to the real product in order to communicate the design. So we’ve decided to take the time and explain what mock-ups are meant for and what their real purpose is or is not.

You have several ways of communicating your ideas to your clients and stakeholders but not all of them speak with such relevance or immediacy as mock-ups.

Let's take a look at some of the common pitfalls of an inexperienced founder, while working with designers to develop their digital product.

If you take a look at flashy websites with glittery images, a lot of text, fatal color combinations, you will realize that they represent Jocelyn Wildenstein of the web design.