…rganizations create social capital by developing a rapport with colleagues across the organization. Product design in large organizations is not a solo activity. Take off your headphones. Get up and talk to people. Designers who don’t make an effort to work across teams will inevitably be deselected from their organization. Count on it.
Design leadership is needed to define vision that extends past the incremental improvements of sprints. Some design teams create large boards that show design style or tell the story of how their product will fit into the lives of their customers. Others create short videos to illustrate to all how the product will fit into the customer’s lifestyle.
…rations and a simpler approach. Do we really need that animated transition? Does it add much value? It’s difficult to champion the necessity of small details when you’re the lone designer. Many simply give in and get back to work. Exceptional design is almost impossible to achieve when corners are continuously cut.
Not every conversation has to be a transaction. Not every good thing you do for someone needs to directly benefit your pocketbook or ego. Looking at our friends and community as opportunities for more business will always lead to resentment and broken relationships.
The best companies aren’t families. They’re supporters of families. Allies of families. There to provide healthy, fulfilling work environments so when workers shut their laptops at a reasonable hour, they’re the best husbands, wives, parents, siblings, and children they can be.