Thanks for visiting our brand spanking new website. This is a work in progress, an experiment without a version number. Things will change and evolve over time once we figure out what we want to do with this thing. One thing’s for sure—calling this a beta would be just lazy. We don’t wanna be like that, do we? "
For future reference and for easier reading through the whole "UX leadership insights" series, I'll compile the links to individual articles here.
UX leadership insight #1: Clear design drivers UX leadership insight #2: Vague or specific? UX leadership insight #3: Pick your battles UX leadership insight #4: Appropriately radical UX leadership insight #5: Split it UX leadership insight #6: Milestones are good for you UX leadership insight #7: Difficulty of UX design reviews UX leadership insight #8: [...]
This is my last post in this series of design leadership. I have saved the most personal one as last.
(See my earlier posts for introduction to the series.) The last design leadership insight is about you. Simply, take care of yourself. Most of the time you need to worry about other people: users, designers, stakeholders, managers. If you only do that, you will exhaust yourself. Get your weekly rest. Do something else than work [...]
Weeknote mostly about weeknotes
Last week Ville V. from Arcticstartup.com asked me “what kinds of benefits, if any, you have had after you started the habit [of weeknotes]. ” Here’s some sort of an answer that I skipped giving him earlier, starting from the very beginning.
In a large project, there will always be some churn in the design team. Some designers will eventually leave, and there will be some new members that join the team during the process. Sometimes, when there are schedule pressure in the project, you can try to catch up by adding a couple of extra designers to the project. New hires, freelancers, agencies - there are always people available (if you have deep pockets).
(See my earlier posts for introduction to the series.) In a large design project you will have vast amount of tacit knowledge that is never written down. You may have documents describing the original design drivers or goals of the project. However, the interpretation of those drivers take place during the design process. People who [...]
1/3 of us had something to do with Estonia, but hardly any of us saw each other.
As said before, we are between offices. Our old office has some new use to it already, but the new one is still getting its finishing touches by the renovation crew. Well, actually we are waiting for the floor to dry and get its hardened properties. In effect, we had nowhere to go. Surprisingly, this [...]
This week: projects coming to an end, new ones starting, moving offices and a world record. Business as usual?
As Teppo is spending his quite earned last days of paternity leave in the lovely, springy coastlines of Estonia, I’ll be writing the weeknote this week. And it’s been quite an interesting one to say at least. Like I wrote earlier, a project we did for SuomiTV scored a world record in speed and efficiency. [...]
A few weeks back our client SuomiTV released a web tv designed by us, and built by Soprano Brain Alliance on top of Brightcove's technology. For us, it was business as usual, until we heard we'd broken a world record in process.
Bit of a background— at Nordkapp, we work with a fairly systematic process/framework which we apply to each project we do. SuomiTV was no exception—we started with a competitor analysis, which we then turned into some obvious opportunities and design drivers. After presenting the findings to our client, we proceeded to synthesize these findings into [...]
Our new designer arrives just before Easter break and we discuss Bloomberg.
Our new Visual Designer is Fabian Danielsen. Surprisingly, he has recently been working for ad agencies, but has been very eager to get into interactive design business (again). We here at Nordkapp welcome him warmly to the team! The work will be top notch no doubt. You can see a glimpse of his style from [...]