From the August #DesignInTech Monthly Briefing
Three Things That I’m Thinking About Design In Tech
- Distributed design teams are effective when needing to expand the surface of an experience in a decentralized manner, quickly. But at some point, consistency will vanish if there is no counteracting force of centralization.
- Code-based design language systems are invaluable because they put good design in the hands of developers. And they also put the “two pixels to the left” designers out of business — which will happen anyways with AI’s rise.
- Psychological safety is now featured in HBR — which signals to me a rising managerial mode that runs counter to the classical Spartan ways of being led that I grew up with. So I’m getting curious now about how I need to change.
Two Unsolicited Non-Tech Products That I ❤
- Tea Forté is a tea experience that instills bemusement and taste-tea wonder.
- Arrival (2016) as directed by Villeneuve can be enjoyed in any scenic order.
- I’ve released a new 3-part micro-series on the 2018 Design In Tech Report over on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ny7KoZSZG8
One Final Point
- The value of design only exists when it’s in relation to the other parts of a company’s operations. Alone, design is a microworld of aesthetic high-fives. Integrated, design is a catalyst for interdisciplinary teaming, learning, and winning.