How can UX designers produce high quality work in a fast-paced sprint-based agile team? Does the systematic UX design process make it inherently contradictory with agile principles? After working closely with one of our client’s agile teams for almost a year, we learned the many complexities a UX designer would encounter when integrating user centered design into an engineering-driven team. Understanding these complexities allows us to adopt an efficient new design process that helps produce better designed products faster.
This Thursday lunch time at Minitheory, we had a round table discussion on design details. Design details are the things that can make or break a product. Just as architect Mies famously quote, “God is in the details”, every aspect of his work, from overall concept to the smallest detail, supports his effort to express the modern age. Facebook design director Julie Zhuo wrote in her article “The Idea Person” that while people often like to fantasize about the “big ideas”, we should also celebrate the “Follow-Through Person” who “fights the devil in the details every single day”.
Have you ever wondered why Chinese websites are not as diverse in typographical styles as in most modern English websites? Do you want to find out how to make your next Chinese web project more appealing to users? Read on…
According to a survey conducted by Smashing Magazine, a majority of websites have already adopted non-standard fonts as their primary typeface in 2013, which shows a growing variety and increasing liberty of typographic style on the web. With the advent of Google Web Fonts, Typekit and many other stable and easy to setup webfont providers, worrying about web-safe fonts has slowly faded into the back of web designers’ minds. Well, in the Chinese-speaking world, web designers don’t have that luxury.