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Design QA Deserves a Seat at The Table

Mhariell Mosqueriola Avatar| By mhariellriel on February 20, 2019

    Have you ever experienced looking back and forth between your mockups and the actual deployed design in production, and asking yourself the question: How did it turn out this way?! What happened? Your expectation didn’t meet reality and the worst part is, you’ll be adding these changes to the next sprint which will take 2 […]

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      A comprehensive guide to executing the perfect design-to-development handoff

      Whether you’re a startup barely out of seed stage, an established tech giant, or somewhere in between, there’s virtually no way to get a product from idea to launch without navigating a whole host of handoffs, back-and-forths, and endless Slack threads on the way.

      One handoff that often plagues even the most mature product teams is the design-to-development stage.

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      Practical Tips for User Journey Mapping

      Przemyslaw Baraniak Avatar| By thalion on January 15, 2019
        Guide to User Journey Mapping

        There are plenty of UX deliverables that designers should know and apply during the design process. They help us to empathize with users and design more valuable solutions. The User Journey Map is a fundamental part of every product or service design process. This story covers practical guides that will help you get the most from experience mapping.

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        The Ultimate Guide to Design Audits

        Kayleigh Karutis Avatar| By kayleigh-karutis on January 7, 2019

          { 📒 } – What are design audits, why you need one, and how to do them

          The ultimate guide to design audits

          The word “audit” doesn’t generally inspire excitement, but when it comes to a design audit, well… conducting one can at least lead to some exciting outcomes for your product and brand.

          A design audit involves analyzing all the design elements used across your organization in order to ensure that branding is consistent across all channels and outlets. That not only means taking stock of your visual design elements, but also the verbal and written portions of your user experience.

          Design audits have gained popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Let’s break down the components of a design audit, then dive into how to do one of your own.

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          Creative Confidence

          Ozge Ergen Avatar| By ozge-ergen on December 12, 2018

            { 🎨 } – Becoming A UX Designer

            Ozge Ergen – Becoming a UX Designer

            About a year ago, I started on a new journey with one purpose in mind.

            It was quite unlikely for me back then to accept challenges without analyzing risks. I was a business consultant, after all, the type of person who is good at observing markets and behaviors to create strategies. It was easy for me to make decisions professionally but personally, it could take me months to make even small changes in my life.

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            Involving Usability Research in Google’s Design Process

            Tiffany Eaton Avatar| By tiffany-eaton on November 21, 2018

              A key part of the design process is understanding the people you are designing for. This is typically done by talking to said people or walking them through your product in a usability session. In my day to day work at Google, my work focuses more on developing user flows and designing interactions, so I find that I don’t always play a key part in researching and understanding the end users of my product.

              Even though designers at Google may not conduct research on their own, they work with researchers to connect with their users. Here are some practices around collaborating with user researchers to help you prepare and conduct studies, and  incorporate a bit of research into your practice if you don’t conduct your own user research anymore.

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              (Re)designing For The Future – Paperform V2

              Dean McPherson Avatar| By dean-mcpherson on November 13, 2018

                { 🤔 } – Why a redesign?

                Two years ago we released the first version of Paperform, which is a tool for building forms online. We took inspiration from the beautiful creation-experiences of sites like Medium and created a form builder that felt more like writing a rich document than yet another drag-and-drop tool.

                You could use your own fonts, brand colors, imagery and video right along with questions in answers.

                Fast-forward to the start of 2018, and in the year since we launched, we had added over 60 features to Paperform. Our MVP was starting to feel all grown up.

                The only issue was that after we’d initially designed the editor interface, we had little idea what the future of the product would look like. So when it came to adding in all of this new functionality, it had turned into a game of Tetris (i.e. inserting features wherever they fit best).

                We had an architectural problem. Instead of the clean, well-defined interface that we’d started with, our product was slowly turning into a Frankenstein monster, one odd appendage at a time.

                Paperform V1
                Why is the Submit button label under Confirmation pages? …WHY!?

                It was time to stop, take a breath, and assess where Paperform was headed and what we were going to do about it. If we could jump in a time machine and go back to the beginning, what would be different?

                A redesign was in order.

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                The Importance Of Sharing Knowledge

                Jess Eddy Avatar| By jess-eddy on October 18, 2018

                  { 🙏 } – Create an environment where design can thrive

                  Getting in sync is part of almost every conversation I have as a Product Designer, no matter how small or large. With product managers, developers — even the CEO. Ranging from topics such as why a button is put in a particular place through to discussing how we might validate a feature that presents risk and may or may not add substantial value to the customer and the business.

                  Each conversation and interaction between people on a team build more tacit knowledge within a group. To the point where you can know people’s preferences and opinions before they even express them — but that’s not where we start, and we don’t get there overnight.

                  It takes time to build connections like this through shared work and experiences. As designers, we can lead by example and help our team create these connections by sharing knowledge and creating transparency. Specifically, by sharing our design process and insight into why we do certain activities that help us relentlessly focus on the customer.

                  By doing this, we also create an environment where good work — not just design work — can be done.

                  Here are a few ways you can share knowledge and increase transparency to create an environment where design can thrive!

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                  What’s The Design Sprint 2.0?

                  Nick Budden Avatar| By nick-budden on September 26, 2018

                    { 🎙 } – Audio Interview with Brittni Bowering

                    There are many different methodologies that help designers be more productive and efficient. One of the most popular frameworks that’s heavily focused on teamwork and collaboration with the client is the Design Sprint. It was developed by Jake Knapp and covered in his best-selling book Sprint.

                    To learn more about design sprints and the latest approach to them, we reached out to AJ&Smart. They’re a Berlin-based product design studio that specialises in the Design Sprint and work closely with Jake Knapp, and who recently came out with something called the Design Sprint 2.0. We talked with Brittni Bowering, Head of Media at AJ&Smart, who through her time at AJ&Smart has become somewhat of an expert in Design Sprints.

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                    Story Behind The Fabulous App

                    Taylor Ling Avatar| By taylor_ling on September 13, 2018

                      { 🌳 } — How The Idea Came To Life

                      Fabulous is the brainchild of Sami, CEO and one of the company’s 3 co-founders. Growing up, he loved the stories of “The Little Prince” and “The Alchemist.” Both of these stories shared a common theme that struck Sami – everyone’s journey should lead with the heart. It allows you to discover yourself fully.

                      Passionate about non-profits, Sami knew he wanted to do something that could help others develop lifelong healthy habits and find their true selves. With this in mind, he got 2 others to come onboard as co-founders: Amine and myself, Taylor. We take care of technical and design at Fabulous, respectively.

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