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Don’t Say This to a Designer

for developers and other folks

“Can you make that bold?”

“Like designers, if you give a programmer a problem with parameters, they’ll apply every bit of genius they have to solve it in the best possible way. If you tell them how to do it, you’ll suffer the wrath of an angry God.” — Derek Powazek

“There were some problems with the design; don’t worry I fixed them.”

“Will moving that button 5 px to the left really make a difference?”

“Nope, can’t be done.”

Further Reading:

  1. How to Work with Designers: A Cheat Sheet for Engineers and PMs
    by Julie Zhou on Medium
  2. Design Criticism and the Creative Process
    by Cassie McDaniel on A List Apart
  3. How to Give Designers Better Feedback
    by Dennis Field on InVision App Blog
  4. UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer’s Guide To The Tech Industry
    by Lo Min Ming on Fast Co Design



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Juhi Chitra

Product design consultant with 10+ years. Designed for TOI, Razorpay, Zomato etc. Find me at