How to Prevent Design Debt
Iterating a Design over time is probably one of the main causations of Debt in our work but this debt can also be created due to new elements being created that weren’t needed or thought through before. For example, say you have started a new project which was a one-page website and the only requirement was an email sign up form, you design the form and you pass it over to your developers to create. Then a month later this website is going to expand to have a login page too, you’ve now decided that actually due to this expansion and testing over the last month you’d prefer your input fields to have the labels above the input box rather than inside them. These micro-changes are fine but when they aren’t applied to the previous work can create the debt or worse you can have two styles in one file which creates confusion for future designers working on this project. Another way that Design Debt occurs is through tight deadlines. We all know that having a difficult deadline can turn the most organised and perfectionist designer into the proud owner of a chaotic Figma or Sketch file. Being messy is fine when the work needs to be done, it has to be done, and our clients aren’t paying us for beautifully named layers and well-defined components or symbols. However, by rushing through the Design process and making without too much thought we run the risk of actively making things worse. We may create a secondary button, when in fact we have a style version already or we have something similar as we’re so focused on the deadline and getting the work done, we look towards making quickly, as spending time assessing what we have already may seem like it would slow down our workflow. Another area which Design Debt is created is through bad communication in the team. This is similar to the above, in that it’s based around making use of our time effectively. In design teams many of us will work on more than one project, that means picking up files we are unfamiliar with and making assumptions on what has and hasn’t been done. If the previous designer hasn’t documented what Design decisions they’ve made and why it can be difficult or near impossible for a future designer to ensure they aren’t creating any Design Debt due to misunderstanding. URL Out – https://medium.com/what-liz-learnt/what-i-learnt-this-week-how-to-prevent-design-debt-345a6147372e?sk=f69a16d4d043b212c2f210b64a24e11dAuthor – medium.comDate – 2019-12-09 22:15:15
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