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Derrick Grant

Derrick Grant

tweet me @derrick_l_grant Joined over 6 years ago via an invitation from James G.

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  • Posted to New to designing in a startup – Need advice, Nov 17, 2014

    Ok Charlie this is a biggie, 1. Try getting input from the people that veto your work BEFORE you start your design process. There are lots of ways you can do this the best being (IMHO) a design sprint

    http://robots.thoughtbot.com/the-product-design-sprinthttp://www.gv.com/lib/the-product-design-sprint-divergeday2

    1. If you can't get all those folk in a room ask them separately to name 3 objectives in (priority order) per page/screen of your design. They cant have more than 3 and if there are conflicts those people must iron out the differences.

    This is your brief! Use it to guide your team through your results explaining how you intend to meet those goals through your design decisions. (also Don't forget A/B testing if you have enough users to make it statistically relevant)

    1. A lot of the time people suggest design solutions without actually tackling the problem. Always try and rationalise if the amend actually fixes the problem at hand and if there could be better solutions. Google 'The 5 whys' its a great technique to get to the core of someones thinking.

    2. Start ups are fast you'll never be 100% happy with your solutions but as mentioned this is an iterative process you should be able to make improvements in time.

    Its also really important to make founders and product managers prioritise parts of the build. The important features (probably the ones people use/see the most) must have more R&D as they represent your products value.

    'Don’t mistake speed for precocity: the world doesn’t need wrong answers in record time. –Cennydd Bowles' http://blog.heyimcat.com/its-called-ship-not-shit

    Hope this helps

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  • Posted to Sprout, Oct 30, 2014

    Yup I really doubt HP has the vision to make this a painless experience.

    If they have pulled it off they should dump all that family oriented marketing nonsense... Who has a spare 1k (I'm assuming that's what it will cost) to risk on a experimental computer with hyper niche features.

    I would be smarter to redirect 100% of their attention to designers who at least can see the instant benefit of this type of interface and gear the software around that. There are plenty of small companies like sketch, form and serif that could collectively convince a whole market of early adopters to take gamble on a new interaction paradigm.

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  • Posted to Why Digital Talent Doesn't Want To Work At Your Company, Feb 12, 2014

    I agree people just need to be flexible on start times. Gone are the days of 'You can't leave until your boss does'

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  • Posted to Why Digital Talent Doesn't Want To Work At Your Company, Feb 12, 2014

    This fits succinctly into http://www.podiium.com/debates/advertising-fun/

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  • Posted to Site Design: Fliplingo, Feb 12, 2014

    If you only require an email address to sign up I'd recommend exposing that on the homepage rather than making people click a button to reveal it

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  • Posted to Does working in a Ad agency have to suck?, Feb 11, 2014

    Interested to hear your thoughts on this design folk

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  • Posted to Designers rally call: Lets change food labelling language into human language., in reply to Ryan Mack , Jan 28, 2014

    Thanks for your support Ryan. Please share the petition!

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  • Posted to Designers rally call: Lets change food labelling language into human language., Jan 27, 2014

    Sorry the link there was www.chn.ge/1iCWxCy

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  • Posted to Skim for iPhone: Coming soon, in reply to Steven Sarmiento , Aug 03, 2013

    yeah I liked the landing page I felt like I had to wait around for a the text to appear but overall it was nice and tight. The pixel rendering on the font was a bit strange but that could just be my computer

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  • Posted to Rebranding Death, in reply to Miles O'Keefe , Jul 31, 2013

    Woah... Miles that's some serious insight thank you :-)

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