Site icon Gabriela Villalobos-Zúñiga

Bridging Design and Development: A Path to Feasible Solutions

In digital system design, a common challenge emerges when designers craft solutions in isolation, only for developers to find them unfeasible later. This disconnect, often seen in startups or companies at early maturity stages, can derail projects before they even begin.

In my experience, the key to overcoming this challenge is fostering collaboration from the outset. Here are 7 strategies to ensure design feasibility:

1. Early Engagement with Engineering: Designers should consult with developers as they begin crafting solutions. This collaboration ensures the proposed designs are technically viable and align with development capabilities.

2. Empower Designers with Development Knowledge: Having designers equipped with at least front-end development knowledge can significantly streamline the design process. Understanding what is technically achievable helps in creating more realistic and implementable designs.

3. Define the Development Team and Technologies Early On: Identifying the development team and available technologies at the project’s inception allows for a more informed design process. This early alignment paves the way for smoother transitions from design to development.

4. Establish a Collaborative Process: A process that includes regular check-ins between designers and developers can help monitor the alignment between design proposals and technical capabilities. This ongoing dialogue accelerates the design phase and ensures feasibility is kept at the forefront.

5. Implement a Comprehensive Hand-Off: A detailed hand-off session is crucial once the design is finalized. Providing prototypes with annotations clarifies the expected interactions and navigation, setting a clear roadmap for developers.

6. Maintain Designer Involvement During Development: Designers should remain closely involved throughout the development phase to ensure the final product reflects the intended design accurately.

7. Conduct User Testing: After implementation, designers can lead user testing to verify that the system meets its intended goals and delivers a user-friendly experience.

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