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When a design discussion needs a sketch

Earlier today I was following up on a ticket from a colleague. He asked some clarifying questions on what was needed for the design. At first I thought of responding directly to the question with a written answer.

However, experience has taught me that a sketch often helps me with understanding the question better, helping me to clarify my answer, and often changing my own answer in the process.

The same thing happened today.

As I started to answer his question, and was sketching out a solution, I realize the answer I was about to write wasn’t actually correct, or wasn’t as easy as I thought.

If you’re curious you can follow the discussion and see my logic play out in realtime.

Show what you mean

Earlier today I was following up on a design related task. After writing up the paragraph response, I decided to take five minutes and sketch up a drawing of what I wrote. I then included that.

In the work I’ve done with design and development teams over the years I’ve found that a sketch will always help to clarify the conversation.

Sometimes my sketches are wrong, but usually they move the conversation forward by conveying meaning in a way that can more quickly bring about understanding.

Here’s the quick little sketch:


Leading to Design

I’ve started a new project. It’s called Leading to Design, a site where I share my learnings as a product designer, and the journey I’m taking to support and lead a design vision within my company.

Check it out! The first few posts are up, and you can subscribe to my something-weekly newsletter. 😀

Write what you want to read

A few weeks ago I shared why I write. The heart of it is sometimes I write what I wish I could read.

So many of us have a thirst to learn, an undying curiosity. While you may find that starts to take the edge off of your curiosity, more often then not you can reach the bounds of what someone has to say on a topic, and still have questions.

Take movies for instance. I’ll watch a movie and be happily surprised when other people have the same thoughts and questions. But often I realize my thought hasn’t been shared publicly, leaving an opening to be the first to write on that topic.

So, I’d encourage you to write what you want to read. I’m trying to do more of that these days.

Oh, and if your curious I’m sharing more work related stuff on a new site. Personal things will still be here.

Eye replacement in FaceTime

Yesterday a story running around caught my attention.

In the beta version of iOS 13 FaceTime is doing something pretty unique for iPhone XS and iPhone XR users.

Normally, if you make a FaceTime call, and are looking at the screen to watch the person you’re calling, it looks like your eyes are looking down. That’s always been a challenge with any video calls.

It never feels like your actually talking directly to someone because their eyes are looking at the screen, and not into the camera.

I haven’t tried it yet, but if it works well enough this could make video calls feel more like a connection point. I’m excited to see what happens.

Technology is always an imperfect way to communicate. Nothing beats in person where you can see all of the body movements. However, this might make video calling a little bit better.