August #DesignInTech Briefing

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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.

One Link

via my new YouTube channel johnmaedaislearning

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.

Written by

John Maeda: Technologist and product experience leader that bridges business, engineering, design via working inclusively. Happily working at Everbridge☁️ :+).

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