Shane Morris over at Microsoft had a post about a possible designer shortage if Rich Internet Applications take off in 2007 even more than they have already (he linked to my 2007 predictions on ZDNet). I’ve talked about this with a lot of people and a good number of them disagree that the Developer/Designer workflow is that important in the long run. But I think the point Shane makes about a lack of designers who can fill the need makes it all the more important.
In the end, he’s right; we won’t have enough designers who can work with developers to create great experiences. As a result, less seasoned designers are going to have to step up. In some cases, developers are going to have to take on the role of “devigner”. For those people, a good workflow is going to be of super importance. Being able to move seamlessly between their development tools and their design tools is going to result in better projects overall. Sure, a rock star designer and a rock star developer can find a way to coexist, but for those of us stuck somewhere in the middle, good tools can go a long way towards helping us build applications that look good and meet the expectations of users.
To me, that’s what the designer/developer workflow helps. It isn’t the awesome designers, it’s the people in the trenches who need to live between both worlds. A great designer can overcome bad workflow, but with a good workflow an average designer can be part of a project that looks like it came from a great designer.
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