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Topic: Design Process
How Shopify Guides Consistent Product Improvements
Podcast // Feb 26, 2021 10:56:06 AM // 1 min read
How Shopify Guides Consistent Product Improvements

About This Episode It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of dropping big, bold, and shocking product changes without a lot of forethought. But, unless you’re Apple or Tesla, this approach to design isn’t sustainable. 

Troubleshooting Common Product Design Mistakes with Ryan Frederick of AWH
Podcast // Jan 22, 2021 12:57:30 PM // 1 min read
Troubleshooting Common Product Design Mistakes with Ryan Frederick of AWH

It’s human nature to want to solve problems as soon as they come into view — no matter if the problem is worth your efforts in the first place. We’re also wired to think a complex problem warrants an equally complex solution. 

3 Steps to Faster Product Design Through Cross-Team Collaboration
Article // Jan 19, 2021 10:29:24 AM // 6 min read
3 Steps to Faster Product Design Through Cross-Team Collaboration

You know you need to keep pace with competitors, but you can’t seem to release new products or updates fast enough. And it’s not because you don’t have inventive ideas or dedicated employees. It’s too often the result of dysfunctional or inadequate…

Use a Communication Plan to Prevent Project Failures
Article // Dec 16, 2020 9:57:02 AM // 6 min read
Use a Communication Plan to Prevent Project Failures

Establishing a communication plan is an underutilized process that reduces inefficiency and ensures peace of mind throughout any type of project. The amount of information being exchanged seems to do nothing but increase, so defining an effective…

When and How to Use Sketches, Wireframes, and Prototypes
Article // Dec 9, 2020 1:29:44 PM // 7 min read
When and How to Use Sketches, Wireframes, and Prototypes

Let’s be honest. One of the most difficult parts of any design project is having the right information available when making decisions about what to do. We’ve seen a lot of teams make the mistake of using a wireframe to discuss visual design…

Managing Design Across Multiple Departments
Webinar // Nov 4, 2020 8:41:37 AM // 1 min read
Managing Design Across Multiple Departments

As digital products, apps, and websites become more advanced and human-centered there is an increasing need for organizations to to stop “shipping the org chart” and work across departmental boundaries. This can be difficult, especially in large…

Chidi Afulezi - The Innovation Mindset
Podcast // Sep 9, 2020 7:46:16 AM // 1 min read
Chidi Afulezi - The Innovation Mindset

Innovation isn’t a project, it’s a mindset. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of approaching innovation with the same guidelines, principles, and processes that you would a project, but when it comes to real innovation isn’t the whole point to do…

How to Validate Your Product Roadmap
Article // Aug 18, 2020 11:48:01 AM // 7 min read
How to Validate Your Product Roadmap

In the classic film National Lampoon’s Vacation, Clark Griswold uses a simple computer program to map out the trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. He wants to get the family to WallyWorld and “maximize the fun time without missing out on any of the…

How to Speed Up the Design of Digital Products
Webinar // Jul 10, 2020 12:04:47 PM // 1 min read
How to Speed Up the Design of Digital Products

One of the biggest challenges in digital product development today is the time it takes to design something of quality. Many designers insist on creating a custom design system for each project they take on, regardless of how well other conventions…

5 Steps for Conducting User Research the Right Way
Article // Jul 8, 2020 10:36:50 AM // 9 min read
5 Steps for Conducting User Research the Right Way

User research is one of the most impactful things you can do to improve your product. To make it an effective part of your design process, you need to adhere to some best practices and avoid shortcuts.

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