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Ian Muir, lead 'devigner', at http://www.sundermedia.com/ gave a very witty breakdown of the Designer-Developer relationship. He had the audience laughing and nodding sagely at the same time. ...

Ian Muir, lead 'devigner', at http://www.sundermedia.com/ gave a very witty breakdown of the Designer-Developer relationship. He had the audience laughing and nodding sagely at the same time. Essentially its about understanding the gaps in the respective roles to avoid miscommunication. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeckman/2622433770

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Designer-Developer collaboration Designer-Developer collaboration Presentation Transcript

  • How to blame the other guy Techniques for creating better communication between the people who make things work and the people who make things look good.
  • The Designer
    • Look at this guy
    • He probably doesn’t know a single SQL command
    • I bet he doesn’t even know what those tattoos mean
  • The Developer
    • Can’t tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial
    • Thinks leading causes heavy metal poisoning
    • Probably thinks Ironman should sweep the academy awards
  • The Designer’s Fault
    • Forgetting the gaps
    • Being unaware of basic technical limitations
    • Not talking with the Developer
  • The Developer’s Fault
    • Filling the gaps
    • Adding “cool” functionality
    • Not talking with the Designer
  • Solutions…
  • Staying Out of the Way
    • Use source control
    • Separate presentation and code
    • Set boundaries when potential areas of conflict are found
  • Working Together
    • Create a well-defined workflow
    • Include as many team members as possible in planning
    • Review together
    • Communicate