What I have learned during my 4-year journey of a Product Designer & Dashboard Designer
For the last four years I have continued to design dashboards and applications and I have learnt how to deal with different departments, and utilise their knowledge in order to make product designs both better and more efficient.
Today, I’m going to share all the steps I have learned and incorporated into my daily routine. These steps I believe have helped to make me a much better designer, and I want to share them with you.
Get as much information as possible(Ask for three examples)
For me, nothing gives me more clarity than seeing a real working example. When I am working with a new client or on a brand new landing page for a product, I find as the easiest to ask the client to provide three or four inspirational pages, because this really helps both parties. Getting your client to put ideas onto the table gives you an opportunity to easily understand what they like, and what they expect from the finished design.
If you’re working with multiple teams you should aim to spend as much time with the developers on a product as you do with your designer colleagues. What I’ve learned while working on Tapdaq the key to making an effective design decision is to ensure you speak with the dev team as much as you can. In my case, there are always cases of a solution to a problem whereby I couldn’t come up with that solution by myself. I’d say the goal is to eliminate as many questions as possible before you move into development.
Learn About Personas
At first, I must say I was skeptical about personas, but now it all makes sense to me.
So in complete contrast to my older process, I can see how personas are super important while working on product features, especially when the solution has many different edge cases. It helps you to understand who are you really designing for. I aim to have around four to five personas. In the best way to have personas as an actual users, this can help you identify issues while chatting or walking through your solution with them on a call or in person.