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Design for Hackers

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Slides from a workshop I did at General Assembly. Geared toward non-designers at the idea/prototype stage seeking to build a good early product quickly.

Slides from a workshop I did at General Assembly. Geared toward non-designers at the idea/prototype stage seeking to build a good early product quickly.

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    • 1. designing your firstproductGeneral Assembly, 5/13/2011 San Kim founder, ShowMeApp.com about.me/sankim
    • 2. the commodity stack• loosely translated: free (or cheap) shit you can use to build products cheaply, quickly, and reliably• most important breakthrough in software in recent years
    • 3. examplesdev Ruby on Rails, jQueryservers Amazon EC2analytics Google Analyticsvideo YouTube, Vimeocollaboration Google Docs, Dropbox, Skype and so on...
    • 4. ...but what about for design?
    • 5. answer: every website, ever!
    • 6. “borrow” from products that built it before youIf you’re building a... borrow from... Q&A Site Quora, Stack Overflow video site Vimeo, YouTube social network Facebook location app Foursquare, Gowalla
    • 7. this happens everyday all designers draw inspiration from otherscross-collaboration, cross-iteration to arrive at best practices
    • 8. conventions are no accident - content section on the left, not right - approx. twice as wide as sidebar
    • 9. ...but great designers tweak conventions to fit their product goalsSidebar: related videos Sidebar: videos from from different users the same user
    • 10. inferred goals Get as many people Allow the videographerwatching as many videos to express him/herself as possible through portfolio
    • 11. takeaways• Borrow as much as possible from established conventions, but tweak them to fit your product’s goals• Constantly analyze other products and the logic behind every design decision
    • 12. thanksabout.me/sankim@sankim