What is your design career goal?

over 3 years ago from Teodor Decu, Product Designer

  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 3 years ago

    For me the big crossroad came a few years ago when I realized my designs were never coming to life the way I envisioned them. I could make the best concept in the world, but for various reasons (implementation, coding, business pressures) it would always have to change before becoming reality – if it ever saw the light of day.

    So that led me to learn more about the other parts of the stack (development, marketing, sales, etc.) and focus more on launching my own products. And I think the industry has evolved the same way over the past couple years, with so many designers learning prototyping, front-end coding, etc. instead of staying in the land of static mockups.

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    • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, over 3 years ago

      Ha, I think I come to that crossroad with every project. It's smart to learn/understand other traits. It helps you focus on features that provide a bigger impact because you see it through another lens.

      If you haven't listened to it yet or anyone, I highly recommend the "how to start a start-up" courses. Some of the talks can fit into any size project.

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    • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 3 years ago

      I'm curious if you found your designs changing once you moved into launching your own products.

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      • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 3 years ago

        Definitely, they became a lot simpler and less visually heavy. Visual design became less of a priority, but on the other hand branding became more important. Basically strong brand + "simple" design (e.g. bootstrap or similar) beats a weak brand with a fancy UI.

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        • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 3 years ago

          Yeah, that makes sense. My designs have become a lot simpler / more systematic since I started moving into product ownership and delivery. Suddenly started to understand how much technical debt I was creating every time I introduced something complex.

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          • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, over 3 years ago

            Ha, been there many times. Sometimes I create a feature ranking list to help determine what to focus on next. Rating the business, user, political values against the technical feasibility.

            Also makes me think of this comic UX Paradox

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