17 Apr 2008 0626H

Apple Design Methods

Was passed this by a colleague, an article from Business Week, which reveals some techniques they use for ideation. Particularly useful I think are paired design and the pony meeting. We hold pony meetings all the time, reminds me of the lines from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, “they talked wildly about the death of the blue heavens and the setting up of the yellow,” but the paired design technique bears some scrutiny. Well, why not formalize design by committee then? Is two the number to maximize design time, but minimize use of resources? I do think that you must get all the people working on dependent parts of a site together in the same room at some point, early on in the process, especially for somewhat complex interaction processes with multiple dependencies. You can read more about paired design from Disambiguity.

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