Cool design work on Dribbble or Behance that was unsolicited or never saw the light of day... Is it really respectable design? Is it praiseworthy? We discuss with Bradee Evans and Seth Shaw, product designers at photoshop.
It's SXSW '15 and we had the awesome opportunity to hang out with Photoshop product designers before our epic high-five hour party. Anthony and Danielle set out to tackle a controversial topic.
The dilemma is that there is a lot of great-looking design on the web at sites like Behance and Dribbble and also in a great many designers portfolios. Sometimes you see something that looks incredible aesthetically on the screen but then you find out that it was either unsolicited by the “client” (example: how many times have see someone redesign Instagram on Behance?) or that carries the footnote something like “rejected concept.” It might look amazing, but why didn’t it ship?
The most important question: you all or y'all?
Dogmatism, playing with pixels, and designing to be wrong
It's okay to think big. Sometimes.
The birth of Project Recess
Who would you hire; what does a portfolio actually say about a designer?
The pros and cons of giving designers a test
If you don't know how to talk to users, you have no business designing interfaces.
Designers can't be expected to excel at everything in this modern world
The T-shape model at Funsize
Ask questions and have humility
"Strong opinions loosely held"
Curating a unique team dynamic
Experimental projects in a product that don't ship are still worth the lesson you learn; The glory of playground
What happens to ideas and designs that never see the light of day or get mothballed?
Understand how a design vision can be rolled out over time; Breaking down big ideas into product releases
2 Designers and 67 Engineers