- MAY 21 - 2008
- POSTED BY Simon Parbutt
Why we love to put our work on the wall
We love to put our work on the wall, this isn't us just showing off - its all about communication. Most of our projects start as a collection of thoughts, problems and ideas. These ideas are then taken through our process to define what they are and how they will work. Creating a project wall is how we define, communicate and document this process. Here are some reasons why:
A picture really does say 1000 words. Written briefs can get forgotten in the design process. Wouldn't it be better if your brief was brought to life as a set of images, diagrams, personas, research findings and great reference material which grows with the project?
We can all see it, all the time. From the designers and developers dedicated to the project, through to the rest of the studio who may have useful knowledge or experience in a similar field.
It's a living document
A couple of post it notes or some fresh wireframes can update the whole team very quickly and easily. We can all see where our designs have come from and easily trace the original concepts if needed. All ideas are captured in one place. Even better, it is kinder to the trees as print outs are all in one place rather than each team member having multiple copies.
Ideas can never develop if they are locked in someone's head or burried in a hard drive. Collaboration is vital in producing a well rounded user experience. The wall provides a focal point, a meeting place for the team's efforts. A neutral space where ideas can develop and grow.
You can see more than one thing at a time
Reviewing designs on screen is great for certain aspects of the process. But, to understand the flow of a user journey, you often need to see the full story from beginning, through the middle to the end. The project wall lets you see all of these aspects at the same time, ensuring that the customer is always our number one priority.
You have to stand up to take part
Maybe it's just us, but we like to stand up for energetic debates and discussions.
Everybody gets it, quickly!
As designers part of our job is to communicate our progress on a job. Thanks to the project wall, everyone can instantly see the progress made from the last checkpoint. Although it looks deceptively simple, it's actually a very useful tool. Think new team members being brought up to speed really quickly; think developers getting project without wading through overweight documentation; think stakeholders quickly grasping the current status of a project. All of this without being subjected to a massive powerpoint. That's what we call a result.
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