As a designer, a recurring theme in almost every company I’ve worked at has been in the justification of design as a contributor of value to projects. Over the past twenty years, I’ve been asked to ‘colour in’ wireframes, ‘prettify’ slides and — horror of horrors — ‘Mac stuff up’. The preconception seems to be that design is purely an aesthetic discipline.
In this article, I’m specifically talking about design as a broad spectrum of activities that generally fall under the digital design umbrella: visual, content, UX, UI and service design, alongside user research.
It’s exactly one year since I last had an alcoholic drink, at a work summer party. The thought to take a break from booze had actually been with me for much longer but 365 days ago I finally decided it was the right time for me.
Back in 2014, the behavioural design agency that I co-owned was commissioned to create a smartphone app to encourage people to understand the frequency of their alcohol consumption, and encouraged users to take days off the booze.
Part of the research we conducted was to look at the drinking patterns of people in their…
This article was originally published on It’s Nice That.
I read Alex Dempsey’s article ‘How to survive the “design apocalypse” by setting up your own agency’ with interest. It rang bells for me, as I founded my own design agency back in 2012. Like many ‘start your own company articles’, Alex’s is full of interesting advice and good survival tips.
But when my London-based creative agency became insolvent early in 2015 and my startup dream came to a screeching halt, there was nothing I could find that could help me through the emotional, legal and practical minefield to come.
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