Collaboration versus handoff, and avoiding broken promises
I’m a fan of web designers and developers collaborating closely rather than designers throwing mock-ups over the wall. Recently I read two newsletters relating to this topic, or perhaps more accurately about perceived divisions between design and development and some better, more modern ways of thinking.
Icon has Cheezburger (a Clearleft dConstruct newsletter)
Jeremy Keith deconstructs the cheeseburger icon and—referencing Luke Wroblewski’s Obvious Always Wins mantra—argues that while icons alone look tasty they risk users failing to understand and engage.
Design Engineering, on the Clearleft Podcast
Loved this short listen from Clearleft, on a subject close to my heart! New job titles can feel a bit “emperor’s new clothes” but with Design Engineering I think Clearleft, GitHub et al. might be onto something. It was fascinating hearing people from both design and engineering backgrounds give their perspectives, and how ultimately they’re addressing the same thing—the need to “finesse the overlaps/gaps” between design and the realisation of that design in engineering, especially in light of the complexities of the modern front-end.
Choosing between online services
A recent issue of the dConstruct newsletter about choosing more ethical online services really chimed with me at a time when I’ve been reflecting on my online habits.
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