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A Couple Great Resources Talking About How to Be a Designer | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

A Couple Great Resources Talking About How to Be a Designer

Within the last day I’ve come across a couple great resources that could potentially help any designer today. What’s different from the usual design hereoics that I read is that each of the three designer’s presents their observations in a manner that is unique to their situation. They’re giving responses based on experience as opposed to what they think people will want to hear. The first is a deck from a friend based in Seattle. His deck “My Top 10 Design Business Failures” shows what his learned from. Invaluable experience to pass along. The second is a post from Co Design where they talk to Rebekah Cox who was the first employee of Quora and how she set up product design. The third is a podcast from 5BY5 talking with Mike Monteiro. If you can get past the first set of questions it’s incredibly helpful commentary about his experiences both as part of a studio and saying what he wants to say on Twitter.

Quora on Designing an Organization That Designs Better Products

To start, you really have to understand what design means, and in the context of a web product, it can mean a lot of things.

For Quora, it means designing for whys (the product) and taking the most straightforward route possible for the hows (the interactions).

Whys are questions like:

-Why does a feature need to exist?
-Why does a user want/need to take some action?
-Why can’t they use some other, similar feature?

The hows are then driven by the answers to the whys—after all, why a user must enter a flow dictates how they progress through it.

EPISODE #43: MIKE MONTEIRO

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