Archive for the ‘Technique’ Category
The more EightShapes sketches, the more we desire to retrieve and share those ideas later–to revisit abandoned, complex, or unrealistic notions of a better experience, to remind ourselves of passing ideas. Read on for six tips for organizing your sketched artwork.
It’s never too late for a refresher on project management fundamentals. To get our projects done right, we over-communicate, establish a clear schedule, and prepare to adapt to new circumstances.
How EightShapes uses an IPEVO camera to facilitate and record sketched ideas in design studios in a way that also enables participation from remote participation.
I recently participated in a project that offered a good opportunity to partner with a content strategist. Though I’ve been in the business for more than a decade, this was my first content-rich design project after becoming more involved with content strategy. The project was a particularly good testbed since it was a small effort [...]
Rapid prototyping allow EightShapes to deliver a complete site in just a few weeks. Sure, it won’t work for every project, but we got some great lessons learned.
This morning, James Melzer and I sat down for a first attempt at “Paired [HTML] Prototyping” together. Essentially a derivative of Pair Programming (if almost the same thing), it was a new tactic in our collaborative working patterns as we increasingly embrace the use of HTML in our user experience design process. The results were [...]
Peer input and review is essential for creating great design documentation. When they aren’t in the same office, collaboration takes place online. Soliciting feedback, input, and contributions is much easier using lightweight tools, and then migrating content to Adobe InDesign.
EightShapes uses an online tool for backing up, versioning and sharing documents. It watches for file changes in a designated folder, syncing those changes to other linked computers in real-time. In short, it’s ideal for large documents with multiple deliverables.
Whether the project is large or small, having a unified single place where all team members can assess what is in-flight and what is next in queue is a powerful asset to any team. In this article, I share some of my lessons learned in using this tool for tracking completion, from a project manager’s perspective.
The transition from design concept to implementation is often rife with problems. Requirements and expectations are unclear. New or unexpected constraints emerge. Scope nosedives. In the end, what we end up with is a far cry from what we imagined. This article discusses how to approach the transition from design vision to reality and steps to ensure a positive outcome.