Andy Fitzgerald

Hopefully this person is able to articulate the effects of her design decisions. Ideally, every element of a design system works to create the intended emergent properties of that system (hence a designer’s reticence to “frankensteining”). This isn’t always the case in most folks’ day-to-day, of course, but if the designer can’t explain a decision’s impact to others, she may not understand it herself. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; systems are complex. If the intent of the request for justification is to make the system more performant or robust, one would think this kind of prodding ought to be welcome. That said, I suspect that the “intent of the request for justification” is the crucial element in folks getting defensive.

    Andy Fitzgerald

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    Independent UX Architecture & Design Consultant, amateur cognitive linguist, occasional marathoner. www.andyfitzgeraldconsulting.com

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