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How to Work with Designers

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Julie Zhuo
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Focus on users, not on metrics

  • Designers think and operate in the mindset of the user 

Different strengths for different problems

  • Visual design: typography, hierarchy
  • Interaction design: is it easy to use?
  • Product design: what value does it contribute? If you only have one designer, find a generalist. Otherwise, find more specialized designers.

Senior designers should be given more abstract tasks

  • Level 1: Design a form for people to edit their profile
  • Level 3: Design a way to get users to want to update their profiles
  • Level 5: Design a solution for the biggest product problem with your app Senior designers are highly generative if they align with the vision of the product.

Design goals are hard to measure

  • Strive for a quality experience that is hard to quantify through metrics: user trust, clarity, long-term sentiment Care about details.
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