As a designer working in a fully remote team, I often get the question on how certain common design activities happen in remote environment. In some cases, the answer is to just reframe the problem taking a different approach, or to just meet in person when it's needed, but other times we can transition traditional … Continue reading Remote Workshopping: Facilitating a KJ Technique, Fully Remote
During the 7 years I've been involved with Longreads, we've gone from sharing links on Twitter to publishing our own in-depth, investigative stories. While we've grown substantially in scope and focus, the brand has largely stayed consistent. The core of the Longreads brand has always been simple, traditional typography, paired with a healthy amount of whitespace. I've made small … Continue reading Typographic Tweaks for Longreads
When trying to communicate a design idea in a work environment, it is essential that you do so in the most effective way possible for all parties involved. You want to be as clear and as purposeful as possible, and make sure the delivered message lends itself to meaningful feedback and action. How you communicate … Continue reading Fidelity matters
In my last post, I wrote how we use interviews to learn about our customers. They allow us to ask them questions and in their responses we find insights and get inspired. In this post, I’d like to share some other ways we build empathy for the people using our products. Support Rotation 💬 It starts … Continue reading How we build empathy for our customers
Within the WooCommerce division at Automattic we've been taking a design-led approach to building products. What does this (design-led) mean? It means we start with empathy, focus on the experience, and emotions (how a person feels about product/service). We work on understanding the people using our products – their problems, needs, and goals – and … Continue reading Design-led Product Management
As designers, we have a single task. Finding a solution to a problem. No matter what discipline of design we work in, the premise is always the same. A problem exists and we need a remedy. But the thing is—problems are sometimes hard… really hard. Depending on the scope of the issue, finding the answer often … Continue reading Staying focused by shifting focus.