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barry saunders

barry saunders

Design Director, McKinsey Design Joined over 6 years ago via an invitation from Mr F. barry has invited Matthew Delprado

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  • Posted to how to introduce yourself as ux designer, Dec 06, 2019

    I just tell people I'm a designer. If they're interested, I explain that it entails research, testing, understanding how people use products, working with engineers and business people.

    Personally I don't think there's much point trying to expain 'user experience' - everything in UX is a design discipline, and people usually at least have a vague sense of what designers do.

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  • Posted to What is your design career goal?, in reply to Sacha Greif , Aug 20, 2019

    Yeah, that makes sense. My designs have become a lot simpler / more systematic since I started moving into product ownership and delivery. Suddenly started to understand how much technical debt I was creating every time I introduced something complex.

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  • Posted to What is your design career goal?, in reply to Sacha Greif , Aug 20, 2019

    I'm curious if you found your designs changing once you moved into launching your own products.

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  • Posted to Vectornator X, Aug 16, 2019

    how is the auto-trace different from Illustrator / Adobe Capture's Live Trace?

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  • Posted to Sketch 57 released, in reply to Will Vaughan , Aug 15, 2019

    omnigraffle for life

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  • Posted to Interested to know people's thoughts to this Product Design question..., in reply to Sacha Greif , Jul 31, 2019

    That's true, but at the same time, it'd be rare historically to think of a situation where you'd spend 5 years designing the same product. Even if you're working in the same problem space, you'd be working on different products or product lines - whether that's designing houses, software or hardware.

    Also, as a field I think design really benefits from having practitioners who work across multiple industries and problem spaces. A common issue I've seen arise in banking is the that you can get a lot of designers who've only ever designed banking products - they can end up with a very constrained approach. Similar for health and other enterprises.

    You can get the opposite issue with designers working in consumer areas - they don't necessarily get the experience of designing within heavy constraints.

    Of course, working only on short term projects isn't great either, you can end up without an understanding of the reality of shipping product.

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  • Posted to Newbie UI designer job interview concerns , in reply to Mark Redman , Feb 28, 2019

    Going to interviews will give you more interview experience and put you in front of people, this is good experience and since you are early, you have the luxury of time since there is no urgency to get the job.

    I want to second this. Interviewing well is a skill in and of itself. Get out there now, start getting used to interviews and ensure you apply to a variety of places - don't put all your hopes on a single job.

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  • Posted to I built a physical Sketch panel, would love to know what you think, Feb 18, 2019

    I love this idea. I used to do something similar with the mappable buttons on my Wacom.

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  • Posted to Why Do All Websites Look the Same?, in reply to Sacha Greif , Nov 29, 2018

    Yeah, these are great art pieces but fundamentally unusable. Familiarity and respect for user behaviour is pretty key in doing design.

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  • Posted to Does anyone else feel guilty for being a product designer?, Oct 02, 2018

    It's a totally fair question.

    There is an enormous amount of software product design that doesn't cross into Silicon Valley / tech startup world. I've spent years designing video streaming and entertainment systems, farm management tools, cooking apps, tools for health diagnosis, workflow management and cinema booking apps. There is a lot of great, well-paid work outside of Silicon Valley that you can feel proud of.

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