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Mar. 22nd, 2009 | 05:04 am

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Too little, too late

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 22nd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
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I, too, deplore this tendency for bureaucrats to micro-manage things they know nothing about and to over-rule those who do know better. No-one seems to be able to allow anyone to do their job to the best of their ability any more.

Recently, I was at a meeting which raised the question: we have a project, what is the community in relates to and what can we do to include the apathetic in that community in our project.

Why? The apathetic are apathetic - let's leave them there, they are entitled to be apathetic - why should they be enthusiastic about everything! And how far do we drill down into "the community" before we actually START our project!!!

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Designers or data

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
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So.

It seems the designer left because the geeks in charge wanted to use collected information to make style decisions instead of trusting the designer's judgement. I can see that situation might be frustrating for the designer, but why is it bad for the company?

Sure, responses to organoleptic parameters like design are difficult to quantify - but not impossible. With plenty of data and decent statistics they should achieve adequate standards of both reliability and validity.

Our host (the mouldy old fridge in the corner there) used to do this for a living.

TaxicHazard

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Designers

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
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So if anyone in charge at a company can do anything as well as or better than their so-called qualified staff, why bother to advertise for anything other than "workers" - you might just as well have a bunch of school leavers (of any kind) in the design office shoving out stuff they learned in Design 101 when they were 15.

Why keep a dog and bark yourself?

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Dogs and barking

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
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That's not what I meant. Google processes vast quantities of data - and does it very well, as far as we can see from out here. This gives it unusually high levels of information about customer opinion.

It might be able to use sampled opinion to decide what shade of blue is preferred, or how many pixels are wanted in a border with a speed and ease beyond most other groups. Designers should be able to use this information in association with their professional judgement.

There is no point in having a dog which barks at your friends and not at burglars.

Taxichazard

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Designers

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 24th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
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So, it isn't the owners of the company who know about design and makes the decisions about it - we just ask the general population what they prefer? This is the general population who, if asked, would probably say they prefer pink sky to blue sky!

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from: anonymous
date: Mar. 25th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
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That's business, baby.

Taxichazard

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