Designing at breakneck speed

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Being a designer at a statup is all about being nimble and less dogmatic in your design outlook. Here is a take at common situations and workarounds for designers working on fast paced agile environments.

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Designing at breakneck speed

  1. Designing at breakneck speed Anand Nair . Cucumbertown. @anandgrafiti
  2. Idealism vs Pragmatism Credits: Scott Adams Embrace the “Push” culture It’s about speed of delivering and evaluating assumptions early
  3. There will never be a 100% fool-proof prototype. Do just enough to get the ball rolling
  4. Tools does not matter as long as you are able to communicate the ideas to the team Make them really visible
  5. Prototypes does not always need to convey an interface Stories help everyone connect the dots
  6. Quality effort spent on a high fidelity wireframe ensures faster visdesign and development
  7. Nobody likes to write documentation. Nobody will ever read them too!
  8. Productivity and collaboration tools are great to document random thought and ideas
  9. Document components and not pages or atomic elements
  10. Feedbacks are good. Get your work constantly reviewed
  11. Explore focus groups and communities where you could validate your concepts
  12. Seek timely opinions from experts
  13. Create a parking lot for ideas
  14. Find time to take a step back and evaluate the parts you built to see how they fit together
  15. Even the giants make inconsistant patterns. You might be making them too
  16. Being hands-on enables faster execution and less iteration; more power to the designer
  17. Things to remember Its a participatory game. Everyone can design Be the enabler Establish the idea first, next the design Prototype early and often Being hands on gives more control over your designs
  18. Designing at speed means being nimble and less dogmatic in your design philosophy
  19. Thank you! anand@cucumbertown.com . @anandgrafiti

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