7 tips for the ideal cooperation between designers and developers

The world has long understood the significance of user experience design, with engineers and designers expected to work united to generate the best possible results.

It’s a codependent relationship: without a designer, the developer has no designs or prototypes to work from, and without the developer, the UX designer can’t physically build any of his ideas.

You can think of engineers as construction managers and designers as architects.

Developer Designer

But even though we all know both sides are important, the two often seem to be at odds. Designers get angry when seeing their designs implemented differently from how they originally imagined them and developers get annoyed that designers criticize silly design issues. Many conflicts are based on a lack of understanding of the other party and the different working approaches. Subsequently, tensions can easily build in an organization. 

Ideally, however, engineers and designers will eventually join forces, like in a fight between two superheroes, and become an unstoppable force for good. So, how can developers and UX designers collaborate better to build quality products? I asked our engineers and our designers what’s important when working together. These are the answers I got:

1. „Trust your UX designers“

Design is the product of designers and not of developers. So always let the designers check what the developer implemented before pushing it to production.

2. „Trust your developers“

Designers should approach technical restrictions the same way they approach user restrictions: embrace them and take them as a challenge to be more creative. 

3. „Clear communication“

Designers should give clear visuals and if required hold workshops to prevent misunderstandings and endless discussions. 

Developers on the other hand should break down technical requirements into smaller pieces, to make them clearer and easier to understand.

4. „Use a design system“

To make the lives of designers and engineers easier, they should collectively agree on a design system that is going to be used in the project. Likewise, make sure to decide it upfront, to avoid problems when implementing it after you started coding.

The way to a Design System

5. „Always check the feasibility, and evaluate the ratio of design/development effort“

The end goal is to create a solution that is desirable, feasible, and viable. This means that your product or solution should not only satisfy the needs of a user but should also be easy to implement.

6. „Regard software as a team sport“

No one can create and continue to develop an incredible product experience on their own. Success truly does require a team, one that is made up of players with varying talents who work together to produce top-notch software. 

7. „Hang out together“

Building relationships with the designers/developers you work with matters a lot, especially when working remotely. As a designer, investing in your relationship with engineers helps you to understand code better. As an engineer, investing in your relationship with designers helps you understand how users interact with the code you write and empathize with their needs.

designers and developers

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Published by Sybille on 2021-04-13

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