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AND CO only uses conversational UI when there’s a clear benefit to the experience. “Sometimes simple lists and clean forms are still the best UI for getting people through workflows,” says Leif. “It’s easy to be seduced by new UI paradigms but forcing everything to happen in tiny chat bubbles can often make an experience rather painful.”
Hey DN - we interviewed designer founders Leif Abraham and Martin Strutz about their approach to designing AND CO, a service that helps freelancers create invoices, file expenses, track time and manage projects. They broke down some nitty gritty design decisions and shared some mocks so designers everywhere benefit from their learnings. Hope you enjoy.
James the post should be easily available here - http://designerfund.com/recommended-tools-designer-founders?utm_source=designernews
Do you mean the guide itself? We try to make sure we understand the types of designer founders served by the knowledge we share which is why we ask for that info before sharing the guides themselves. Does that make sense?
Today, we’re releasing our second Knowledge Guide: Recommended Tools. When starting a new company, many designer founders spend a lot of time researching and testing tools to help them effectively build their company. This includes design and product focused tools for A/B testing, prototyping, and design collaboration, as well as more general business tools to track customer support, invoicing, and sales. We think we can make designer founders more successful by sharing this siloed knowledge more broadly.
Happy to answer any DN community questions and would love feedback on other tools people find valuable.
So well done - you guys should talk about all the details that went into this game!
We're bringing together a group of exceptional founders who are committed to helping more designers build and scale tech companies. Through events and knowledge guides, we plan to distill best practices to share with the broader design community. Our first DFG knowledge guide is a list of recommended investors who’ve backed companies co-founded by designers because it’s hard to know which investors understand and value design at the early stages.
Happy to answer any questions from the DN community. Thanks all!
Wrote up some thoughts about why this update is so special - http://designerfund.com/design-everything - complete with Framer expert tips.
We get asked about comp a lot and hope this guide can be a great tool for designers joining startups. Let us know if you have more questions or tips you'd want to see added to it.
Oh man so many. My go to books for someone just getting into it are Design of Everyday things, Elements of Typographic Style, and something by Dan Ariely or Daniel Kahneman that deals with decision making like Predictably Irrational or Thinking, Fast and Slow.
I also think designers should be reading fiction to get them to think beyond what's immediate and near. For example I really Ready Player One as a way to think about what VR could be.
A headspace subscription - https://www.headspace.com/buy - took me from meditating once or twice a week to 3-4 times a week. I'm hoping to get to the point where it becomes a real daily habit but haven't gotten there yet. It's amazing how much 10 minutes of focus and calm can change your mood, tone, health, etc.
In general yes and Medium is a great place to do it. Knowing that you can clearly and effectively communicate your thoughts is a wonderful skill that most companies value. Writing is also a great way to force you to articulate your thoughts and so even if you shared it with no one I think it's still a valuable thing to do.