There are lots of funny memes on the internet — as well as very detailed Reddit rants — about how Designers, Developers, and PMs don’t understand each other.

It looks like, for the most part, we don’t have a clue about what the other is doing. Yet we proceed with our daily tasks as it’s not our job to figure it out. And, if you work in a cross-functional team, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Although it can be fun at times, the reality is that we should spend more time understanding each other’s roles.

Developers

Thanks to TV…


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For the past few years, I’ve been working as a Product Designer for two challenger banking apps in the UK: Monzo and Monese. While the first one is UK-centric, the latter is geared towards Europe and operates in 12 languages.

These challenger banks— or ‘neo’ banks as they’re also called — typically have no physical branches and place mobile apps at the heart of everything they do. This helps to eliminate market entry barriers by creating a location-agnostic demand for financial services.

Activities that once were needed to be completed via a local branch — like opening a new current…


Credit: Priya Mistry

Tube ads are everywhere.

From station corridors to the big wall at the platform, straight inside the carriage on top of the windows.

Every morning, millions of Londoners are exposed to a lot of those promoting pieces during their daily commute. Some are bad, others are good, few are great.

When I first moved to London, I got fascinated by this powerful way of advertising. Set up in such a bustling environment, I wondered what could possibly make an ad very effective in order to fight for people’s attention and communicate something meaningful in a short period of time.


How the design of a small feature that blocks gambling transactions made a big impact

Technology is a powerful tool. And, when the design is right, it can change people’s lives for the better.

For all of you who are familiar with consumer products, you know how easily they can reach and influence millions of people’s experiences by leveraging our psychological vulnerabilities. As designers, we have a responsibility to make sure we build products that are suitable for everyone.

Right now at Monzo, with the help of our Vulnerable Customers team, we aim to identify when someone is experiencing financial troubles, then offer them support by pointing them towards the right advisors.


This article is a follow up of my Should designers code… or should developers design? article and an extract of my talk given at SwiftConf’17.

For a long time, developers and designers have been considered like two creatures coming from different planets or, even worse, enemies. But truth is, designers and developers are not so different from each other. Having a better understanding of what the other does can really play a huge part when it comes to building products together. At the end of the day, we all develop and we all design something.

Do designers understand what developers do?

There’s a bunch of designers…


This article is a follow up of my Should designers code… or should developers design? article and an extract of my talk given at SwiftConf’17.

For long time, developers and designers have been considered like two creatures coming from different planets or, even worse, enemies. But truth is, designers and developers are not so different from each other. This is why having a better understanding of what the other does can really play a huge part when it comes to building products together as, at the end of the day, we all develop and we all design something.

Do developers understand what designers do?

I don’t…


If you’re a Product Designer like me, I reckon you’ve spent at least a good part of your life trying to explain to your parents and friends exactly what it is that you do. Just answering “I’m a Product Designer” is not enough and it actually raises more questions than it answers.


Our never ending journey to improve workflow and collaboration

carwow has recently experienced quick growth. In building and evolving our product, we have found it’s important to find ways to communicate to everyone in regards to design.

From the very beginning, the team created a live online styleguide, it enables our development team to move faster. Problems arose when carwow’s Design Team didn’t have anything similar set up in Sketch, our design tool of choice. As a team we found that designers wasted a fair amount of time by producing designs by copying and pasting elements from other files. …


The most important thing to know about design is that it involves other people.

Great products can’t happen because of just one single person’s contribution. They are instead the result of collaboration between different roles within a company.

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
- Babe Ruth

I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in a cross-functional team where I was able to learn from my colleagues…

Jessica Lascar

Product Designer. Illustrator. Comic artist. Writer. Singer. Japan Lover. Life is too short to do just one thing. Married to @gtranchedone. jexyla.com

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