After a technology-filled day at work, one of my favorite ways to relax is to sit with my dog and knit something. I love the tactile qualities of fiber. I can create something both appealing and functional (much like the interfaces at work), but without hunching over my laptop.
Lots of design teams can create attractive and functional apps. So what makes Bitovi's design team special?
While doing usability test on a project is a no brainer, it can be challenging to make it part of a fast-moving Agile environment. To overcome this challenge here are 10 best practices you can start using today.
When designing web and mobile apps, we aren’t fully delivering experiences that allow the user to control the interface in a way that makes sense to them. We talk about delighting the user and having empathy, but more often than not, we tend to miss the mark and deliver a frustrating experience. It's time that we consider giving the user more control with how they prefer the interface to function.
Style Guide Driven Development (SGDD) is a fairly new term I first heard from Nicole Sullivan’s talk about her experience on a project for Pivotal Labs. But thinking about some more, I realized SGDD is, at a high level, a practice many are already doing: developing components and documenting them in a style guide.
People have been studying design for ages, but we rarely see much crossover in the design fields. For example, using web design principles are not the only way to design websites. In fact, we web designers can learn a lot from other design approaches to create stronger, more inclusive experiences, on a strong foundation for lasting products.
When I first started mobile first design I used a pretty rigid template for my LESS files. All my designs were split across 5 or so LESS files named: mobile.less, tablet.less, desktop.less, etc. This seemed like a good idea at the time, but I quickly created a mess of impossible to maintain rubbish. I realized, I needed to embrace modules. Here is how I tackled the challenge of creating a maintainable UI library that was mobile first, responsive, and modular.
A team with both designers and developers needs a simple resource to share a project's styles and best practices. DocumentCSS generates a Live Style Guide so style documentation evolves along with the project. This project was built with the belief that a united team goal does not change the needs of individual roles. Whether you're an engineer, a designer, or somewhere in-between: we're building this for you.
Designers have long used documentation as a means of communicating functionality and interaction for digital products. It has been successful for a long time and thousands of digital goods have been delivered using this process. As our industry continues to evolve, so does our process and tools. In this post, we'll look at how Bitovi combines documentation and prototypes into an interactive experience for both clients and internal teams.
This is a follow-up on my post from last week on the value of having a user experience designer on every project from the perspective of our own process at Bitovi.