Stop showing design options and commit(medium.com)

4 months ago from Rob McMackin, Designer

  • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 4 months ago

    Perhaps you did a poor job explaining what you wanted or expected? Contrary to popular belief, the client isn't always right, we just have to make it seem that way most of the time.

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    • Joseph BarrientosJoseph Barrientos, 4 months ago

      Perhaps he wants to be wow'd. Contrary to popular belief design isn't a plug and play career. UX can be looked at as a science but anything visual always comes with a designers interpretation of the problem and their own solution.

      personally i tend to design as many options as possible, exhaust myself and present those I feel most comfortable with. Especially in product design, some times there are multiple solutions and they're all subjective(until tested and proven otherwise).

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    • Andrew HoltAndrew Holt, 3 months ago

      Maybe - perhaps it's important to differentiate between branding/marketing-type work and product work. For the former, seeing early directional options has always been helpful. I've just been in too many situations where the designer/design team used some very specific style without clearing it all before the first check-in, and it doesn't work for me. If I did a poor job explaining what I wanted in these situations, I'd expect the design team to help me articulate the goal, and even then I'd want to see what options were considered.

      For the latter, as a product lead it would indeed fall on me if I couldn't articulate the problem such that the solution was clearly correct or incorrect, though even then, there are almost always many ways to solve a problem, not all of which are clearly "correct'.

      So maybe the takeaway should be "know your client/stakeholder" - if they have no design sense and showing them options is going to be a shit show, then by all means avoid that. :)

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