Thoughts on product design, creativity, entrepreneurship, teamwork, productivity, and more. All opinions are my own and not representative of my employers or team.
What does the product design team do here?
What follows is the content of that document (only slightly edited to omit proprietary information) which I hope helps address the question any startup might face: what exactly does the product design team do here?
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What design system tools will look like in the future
There’s no doubt the future of design systems is tool-agnostic...
Defining your own career path
In my experience there is really only one dependency to keep in mind when it comes to the work you do and how you do it...
Where do IC designers go once they peak?
The answer is often: to an entirely different role. This is an unfortunate reality playing out in product companies today.
Everything is as simple or complex as you want it to be
As creators, our role is to not only look at the top, face level of what it is we build (or what inspires us) but also the many different layers of complexity contained within the thing.
Accidental or intentional design?
For all we know the designs we encounter out in the world are incomplete, unintentional, or even placeholder. Not at all the high-polished, intentional works we imagine them to be.
When every product of design is one of opinion
Every creation is a product of opinion. If you want to produce high quality design you need develop a strong opinion, but one shaped by that of many others.
Design edge cases and where to find them
Edge cases can be difficult—even impossible—to define. Thankfully there are strategies to spotlight where edge cases are likely to hide, and you can use these strategies without changing much of your existing design process.
Making more informed design judgements
We rarely see the constraints, pushback, perspectives, and objectives others are working with. We can hardly know whether the work was even meant for someone like us, or if the audience is an entirely different group of people with different beliefs, ways of seeing things, or needs.
How to create a culture of open design
The solution is making design a more transparent process. The problem, well...
What it means to be a designer who's creative
Design and art serve two different needs in two distinct ways, yet many inexperienced designers end up creating art where there should be design.
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