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From the University of Illinois Web Conference 2013.
Ask a web designer who his “first users” are, and he’ll probably name early adopters, stakeholders, or usability testers. Designers rarely consider their actual first users: the web developers they work with to build their designs. Over the last year, I’ve performed an informal user research project where the “users” were software development teams of all shapes and sizes. Drawing on these discussions and my background as a former web developer, I’ve created a set of friendly heuristics (in the tradition of Jakob Nielsen and Louis Rosenfeld) that designers can use to make their design materials far more useful for developers. I’ll show how these heuristics will encourage holistic solutions rather than piecemeal design work, surface critical implementation issues sooner, and establish a stronger basis for designer/developer collaboration.