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Agile software methodologies were developed for creating small software applications for company internal use. The process was intended for small software teams. Most certainly, no user experience folks were involved. Anyway, software developer is UI designer’s best friend. If agile makes them perform and feel better, it is good for UI design too. Agile is just very, very different to the traditional UI design process.
(See my earlier posts for introduction to the series.) Design process itself is agile. I doubt that there are any interaction or visual designs that were designed with a pure waterfall model. In any challenging design task, when you start to draft solutions, you soon understand if the original design intent that you are aiming [...]
There's a saying that people come to our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. It's my time to move on. I have been fortunate to have the amazing people at Nordkapp in my life for last year and four months. It's mind boggling to think how far we have come with the company.
Nordkapp is on clear trajectory of growth and past the stage where it was a mere agency and currently leaving many companies in the dust that were not so long ago thought of as industry leaders. We worked hard to crystallize the focus, decide what market we are really in and educated the customer to [...]
Have you noticed how well a couple of screenshots of UI designs can inspire discussion? In project reviews, technical architecture charts may get a question or two, but when you show UI designs, everyone has an opinion. Although this is sometimes quite annoying (you don’t want to know that someone doesn’t like the color), but I find it quite exciting and positive that our work gets people talking. I think it is finally when people see the UI, they can concretely see how it feels like using the product or service, and that’s the moment when they really start to comment if they have any concerns.
(See my earlier posts for introduction to the series.) As a design lead, your work is continuously under critique. It is in the nature of designers to criticize and receive critique. Therefore I have sometimes made the mistake of directly criticizing work of other disciplines. They might not take it very well. Although I must [...]
In the previous posts I’ve discussed issues about leading the design work itself. Now, let’s look at some things related to the design process. Processes are there to help you. The name “process” may sound like something that will limit your creativity, but in fact it does the opposite.
(See my earlier posts for introduction to the series.) Milestones are one of your best friends. They force you and the whole team to make decisions, pull all the bits and pieces together into one coherent set. Typically there is a presentation to management and other reviewers at milestones. The desire for positive feedback and [...]