Designing Your Office Space? Keep Biophilic Design In Mind
MARCH 2, 2016
Increasingly, designers are turning towards biophilic design for office space planning, so why is it so important? Culture Workspaces biophilic design company culture eco eco-friendly business Office Space office space design workspaces
Seven Things Designers Wish You Knew
AUGUST 16, 2016
Being a designer is hard. Well, they’re passionate about the actual design part. Usually not so much, largely because a lot of the people and companies who hire designers don’t necessarily understand everything that goes into a design job.
Why A Design Mindset Matters For Entrepreneurs
MARCH 4, 2017
I can safely state that most people don’t get what “design” means. This is why design is usually relegated to the outskirts of organizations. This article Why A Design Mindset Matters For Entrepreneurs appeared first in YFS Magazine.
Ghost Buttons: UX Disaster or Effective Design?
DECEMBER 15, 2016
They’re generally used more on websites that use a minimalist or flat design. From a design perspective there are several advantages of using ghost buttons. Their subtle design can give prominence to other design elements on the page. Original design with a pink button.
The Product Designer Role
AUGUST 29, 2016
The Product Designer Role. You got the go ahead to hire some in-house designers. Up until now you’ve been relying on an external agency for the majority of your design work and this is going to enable you to create a team that is much more responsive and predictable. Your next task is to define the product design role within your company. Here's a short list of important attributes of the modern product designer role: (1) Product Orientation.
2017 Top Workplace Design Trends
DECEMBER 28, 2016
From their physical layout to the arc of the lighting, today's hottest office designers predict trends for 2017
Design Your Office Space To Boost Productivity And Creativity
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
This article Design Your Office Space To Boost Productivity And Creativity appeared first in YFS Magazine. Workspaces home office office design Office Space productivity workspacesWorkspaces are tools that should enhance your company.
Design is Purpose Driven and Solves Problems
FEBRUARY 14, 2014
I’m not a designer. But as a product manager, it’s my job to understand how design (and UI/UX) can be applied to solving problems. (It’s You won’t always know why a certain application is built a certain way or a certain design was implemented.
A Designer’s Perspective on Working with Product Managers
The Product Guy
MARCH 14, 2017
A product manager just stopped by the desk of the designer on a lazy Thursday afternoon. The designer showed him something, and they started discussing a new feature’s design loudly. The designer just took a deep breath and hid his face behind his hands.
The Most Underutilized Question in Web Design
SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Web design has come a long way since the days of Angelfire chaos. In truth, the user experience designer has always been around. It’s just that before we woke up to the fact that our design should revolve around the user, they were web designers.
Psychographics: The Key to Effective UX Design
OCTOBER 13, 2016
But when it comes to design, demographics can fall woefully short in terms of generating meaningful insights. Not every 30-something woman making a healthy living as an accountant feels and thinks the same way, and while design is most certainly an element of a platform or application’s function, it’s also a form of psychological influence via the aesthetic. If your approach to UX design is “one and done”, your results won’t be durable anyway.
The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design
OCTOBER 24, 2014
This week the author of the business model canvas, my friend Alexander Osterwalder, launched his new book Value Proposition Design , the sequel to his million copy best seller, Business Model Generation. Tells you how to design new ventures with it.
The Curse of Knowledge in Product Design
NOVEMBER 21, 2011
Startups are often struck by the Curse of Knowledge, specifically when it comes to product design and development. It becomes so easy to design products based on our own expertise (in those very products) and ignore the fact that we’ve stopped designing with our customer top of mind. Then keep that top of mind – and more importantly, keep your customers front and center – whenever doing any product design and development.
Design Staff ? Design without a design team
NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Design Staff. Design without a design team. In an ideal world, every company has a dedicated design team. Must they wait until they’re big enough to hire a full design team before they can practice good design? Visual design leader.
Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development
JULY 30, 2014
Two methods, Design Thinking and Customer Development (the core of the Lean Startup) provide the tactical day-to-day process of how to turn ideas into products. . Customer Development versus Design Thinking.
Your Organization Can't Afford to Ignore Good Design
APRIL 21, 2017
Design-centered companies are more profitable. Research shows that design-centric organizations consistently outperformed the S&P 500 by over 200% over the past 3 years. Design
10 Important Web Design Best Practices and Tips for Small Business Websites
JANUARY 4, 2016
Today, we’ll cover web design best practices and tips. We’ll point you to great resources and examples and highlight recent changes in web design. Here are our top 10 tips to help you create an awesome website design in 2016: 1. Use a responsive design.
It’s Time To Design Human Experiences Versus Products
Startup Professionals Musings
DECEMBER 25, 2015
Much has been written about product design, but designing the total experience from the front rarely happens yet. In a new book, “ X: The Experience When Business Meets Design ,” Brian Solis details how to design the whole experience, rather than just the product.
User Experience Design Tactics for Product Managers
The Product Guy
JANUARY 31, 2017
In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Marc Wendell, lead a conversation around “UX Design Tactics”. Amanda is passionate about customer led product design and in product prototyping to deliver best in market products and customer outcomes.
Resolving the Frontend/Backend API Design Conflict
FEBRUARY 17, 2016
As part of my API design consulting engagements, I’m often called in to resolve the conflict between the API design that the frontend developers would prefer to have and the backend developers want to build. Example conflict #3: Database-centric API design.
4 Ways Design Thinking Innovates Business Models
JANUARY 20, 2017
Finance, healthcare and city governments are incorporating design thinking in cool ways
How top startups pay designers
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
A few weeks ago I had coffee with an experienced product designer. One was an almost perfect match — the right design challenges and aligned with Carl’s personal interests. In less than 24 hours the CEO sent Carl an offer to be their lead designer. He personally felt undervalued and he worried that the company’s culture might underrate design generally. It’s pretty easy to get a range of salaries for “UX Designer in San Francisco”, for instance. Design Hiring
Office Design Tips To Enhance Your Startup Workspace
OCTOBER 7, 2015
Here's a look at practical ways you can create a productive, stylish office that is designed to grow alongside your business. Workspaces office design Office Space workspaces
Exploring the Social Impact of Graphic Design
JULY 20, 2016
When it comes to crowdsourcing design needs, the projects that come to mind are pretty specific to branding. But there’s another avenue of design that does well when sourced to the crowd that can have significant impacts outside of profit margins: socially influential design.
On the (un?)importance of design
A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks
JUNE 13, 2011
We recently underwent a Cinderella-like transformation: A total redesign of the WP Engine website from despicable steaming pile of hideousness to a designed, thematic — dare I say artistic? If our website design was repulsive — literally — the bounce rate should now diminish.
5 Office Design Trends To Embrace In 2017
JANUARY 18, 2017
Contrary to what you might expect, 2016 actually saw many businesses invest more time and money on commercial interior design. This guide to the biggest office design trends to look out for in 2017 will help your business get ready for the year ahead: Disappearing Files.
Why Responsive Design Is Not Mobile Optimization (and What to Do About It)
FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Joel Harvey of Conversion Sciences agrees, adding some controversial statements (read: wake up calls)… Joel Harvey , Conversion Sciences: “Responsive design, as we know it today is toxic to mobile conversion rates. design elements), you run the risk of over-simplifying.
Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: hunting the unicorn
NOVEMBER 1, 2011
Design Staff. Hiring a designer: hunting the unicorn. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. Finding the perfect designer to join your team is tough — there’s no way around it. I’ve struggled for months searching for the right designer.
Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing
Duct Tape Marketing
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. As you plan your content marketing strategy, consider using design and visual storytelling to differentiate your content from the competition. Why design?
Design Staff ? How to interview a designer with the perfect design.
DECEMBER 29, 2011
Design Staff. How to interview a designer with the perfect design exercise. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. I wasn’t really good at interviewing designers until I had a few dozen interviews to compare. The design exercise.
7 Useful Web Design Tips For Entrepreneurs
MARCH 23, 2017
Effective web design involves creating a practical and aesthetically pleasing site. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing web design web developmentHere are 7 useful tips to keep in mind.
Design Staff ? How designers and engineers can play nice (and.
DECEMBER 22, 2011
Design Staff. How designers and engineers can play nice (and still run with scissors). As a designer at engineering-centric companies for the last 10 years or so, I spend a lot of time working with engineers. But there is a reason why teams need both design and engineering.
Designing Products from Scratch: An Interview with UX Leader Josh Porter
View from Seed
NOVEMBER 12, 2014
Below, Josh talks about designing features from nothing and how to make important design choices during the pre-seed and seed-stage phases of startup growth. JP: So I love this question because it gets to a very important issue in product design and growth: user bias.
Top 4 Crowdsourced Logo Design Sites for Small Businesses
Up and Running
NOVEMBER 30, 2016
Whether you are setting up shop or rebranding, designing your logo is just as important as getting things right on other aspects of your business. With today’s logo design crowdsourcing services, you still have lots of options for good small business logo design.
Web Design Strategies for Turning Visitors into Paying Customers
Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog
OCTOBER 25, 2015
It may be that your web design that is the culprit. If you believe this is the case, here are some things to consider as you evaluate and remodel your website design. Ease of Navigation must be at the Forefront of your Web Design Strategy. You can provide your readers with great content and an extremely appealing design, but you will lose them over navigation each and every time. Responsive Design. Add Media.
Design Staff ? Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think.
MARCH 22, 2012
Design Staff. Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think like a user. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. When I first started designing interactive products, it was a struggle. I used to design screens. Story-centered design.
How to interview a designer with the perfect design exercise
DECEMBER 29, 2011
Now that we’re past hunting for unicorns , and we know what design roles are needed at a startup , it’s time to get into the gritty details: the design interview. I wasn’t really good at interviewing designers until I had a few dozen interviews to compare. The design exercise.
Twitter Link Roundup #286 – Ideas for Small Business, Startups, and Designers!
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
We do love sharing articles about fonts, logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! User Experience in Graphic Design & Why it Matters – HOW Design crowdspring.co/1ijhMf1.
Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Design Staff. Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios. Chad Thornton / Designer, Airbnb. Designers know that looks sell, and many people sell themselves that way. Of course, the ability to make something that looks good matters, especially for visual designers.
Principles of User Interface Design
MAY 9, 2012
Principles of User Interface Design. "To To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse." - Paul Rand.