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What I Wish I Knew as a Newbie Designer

Noopur Varma
September 17, 2016

What I Wish I Knew as a Newbie Designer

Noopur Varma

September 17, 2016
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  1. What I Wish I Knew As A
    Newbie Designer
    Noopur Varma |

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  2. 1. Who is a newbie designer?
    2. Mental model of a newbie
    3. Experiences & stories
    4. Takeaways
    outline

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  3. Who Is A Newbie?

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  4. How does a newbie feel?
    Source: Calvin and Hobbes

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  5. Newbie's mental model
    - Are passionate
    - Have their own process
    - Care about users
    - Are thinkers
    - Want to improve
    - Are scared & maybe intimidated?

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  6. Whom do we work with?
    - Business owners and stakeholders
    - Peers and other team members

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  7. “You’re Not Doing
    Any Work”
    Story #1

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  8. Baffled, taken aback
    and shocked…

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  9. felt accused of not doing
    my job

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  10. maybe I’m being
    compared to others?

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  11. maybe I suck as a
    designer…

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  12. or maybe they just don’t
    like me

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  13. I know I’ve made some
    mistakes…

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  14. but this is the last thing anyone should say.
    The work is out there…

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  15. Looking from the other side
    1. Didn’t share ideas
    2. Looked like a black box
    3. Accepted feedback with an OK
    4. Didn’t communicate delays
    5. Didn’t push to close tasks

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  16. Design Collaboration
    Is Hard

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  17. “You Don’t Know
    How To Take
    Feedback”
    Story #2

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  18. I want to understand where
    exactly I went wrong?

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  19. I accept that there are places where I need
    to improve

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  20. How could I be that person?

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  21. Why would someone say that I am not
    taking feedback? I am listening…

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  22. Looking from the other side
    1. Was being defensive
    2. Had a superficial
    understanding of things
    3. Reacted emotionally

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  23. Discuss Feedback

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  24. “Make That
    Rounded Rectangle
    Rounder”
    Story #3

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  25. More…
    “Make the logo bigger”
    “Wow factor nahi hai yaar, maza nahi aa raha hai”
    “Make that text 12pt, Roboto-Regular, #4A4A4A”

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  26. What? But why?

    That does not make any sense

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  27. I am not a tool!

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  28. What did I do wrong?

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  29. Different ways in which I reacted
    1. Went my way anyway
    2. Explained & reasoned
    3. Was overwhelmed, gave in

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  30. Different ways in which I reacted
    1. Went my way anyway
    2. Explained & reasoned
    3. Was overwhelmed, gave in

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  31. Looking from the other side
    1. Seemed closed
    2. Didn’t understand business perspectives

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  32. Don’t panic!
    Source: Mike Williams – 'Don't panic, I need the loo' | The Spectator shop

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  33. Change your
    perspective
    Source: Jessica Walsh | https://www.instagram.com/p/3_72bIFonM/

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  34. Pick your battles!
    Source: xkcd.com/386

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  35. Stakeholder
    Perspectives Are
    Important

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  36. I Was Not Able To
    Work
    Story #4

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  37. The designs needed more time and thought
    than the timelines allowed for

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  38. I didn’t feel very motivated

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  39. I was blocked on ideas

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  40. There were other things bothering me –
    learnability, my role and even personal stuff

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  41. Looking from the other side
    1. Didn’t work iteratively
    2. Didn't meet deadlines
    3. Looked like a black box

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  42. Cut Yourself Some
    Slack

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  43. So, was that enough?
    Source: xkcdsw.com/2988

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  44. Processes that helped me
    1. Progress tracking tools
    2. Design showcases
    3. Structured feedback
    4. Estimations
    5. Retrospectives

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  45. Design
    Collaboration
    Is Hard
    Stakeholder
    Perspectives
    Are Important
    Discuss
    Feedback
    Cut Yourself
    Some Slack
    Looking Back…

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  46. How well we communicate is determined not by
    how well we say things, but how well we are
    understood.
    - Andrew Grove

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  47. Thanks!
    Questions?
    Contact : [email protected] | @9porcupine

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