Tag: design

Developers vs Designers

So we at SSW are looking to upgrade our Intranet using SharePoint 2016 and the brief was to use the functionality coming later in 2017 to make a really great user experience.

So I watched An overview of SharePoint communication sites and took a screenshot of some of the new features coming to SharePoint.

As the designer I was working with was on other work I decided to put something together myself using my endless talent and Paint.Net.  So in the end I came up with this:-

It has all the required information, its nice a clean and I was pretty happy with myself.  To me it covers the basics of the design brief, It uses the new functionality, and its a rich interface.  So a few days later the designer was available again and I gave her my design to touch it up a bit and here is the result: –

I’ll forgive you for suggesting the designers is better.  Its the same elements (minus a few changes from the boss!) in such a more rich and appealing format.  A designer considers the composition, the font, and lots of other things I probably don’t understand to get to a rich user experience.  My focus on the other hand is on how does it work functionally and does it meet my basic requirements.

Obviously I was put back in my box and quickly remembered why I don’t do design and at the same time remembered why Design is such an important part of modern IT.  If your project doesn’t have a designer then are you really seeing the best result you could?