“I get most frustrated when, after providing a pixel-perfect mockup, I see the finished implementation during the testing phase, and it’s drastically different than what I spec’d (fonts, colors, sizes, spacing, alignment, positioning, etc).”
This comment was left by one of the respondents to the Working with Developers survey I circulated in December and January. It is a perfect illustration of why my topic is so important. There are too many designers working disparately from their development teams. We cannot expect developers to have the same visual sensibilities or attention to behavioral details that we have worked so hard to perfect. It is unfair to berate them for misunderstanding our design specifications when we do not participate in development activities.
The talk I gave last night at IxDA Pittsburgh’s event, Working with Developers for Fun and Profit, is intended to help designers solve this very problem through deep integration with their development teams. The survey was conducted as background research to make sure I had a reasonable understanding of practices outside my own experience. It resulted in a few insights, which I will continue to analyze and share here on DesignAday. For those interested in reviewing the full results, I have made them publicly available at https://www.survs.com/results/TMEFGAPC/13RJJY2M2T. If you have any revelations or questions about the data, please share them with me.