Developers are generally the last ones to leave their touch on any website or web projects. However, they do not handle the looks and feels of the website. The designers shoulder the responsibility of that work. This creates an environment of contention between the developers and the designers.
Try to talk to any designer, and he/she will tell you how they had to poke the developers time and again to sort out design related problems. The designing team of almost every company considers the developers overly technical. For ages, the designers are accusing the developers of being insensitive to the demands of the designing team. According to some designers, developers don’t understand that knowingly or unknowingly, they are making the designing decisions all the time.
To survive and work sustainably, each and every technology company needs to create an amicable environment between the designers and developers. This article will give some much-needed advice to the front end developers, so that, they can work amicably with their creative colleagues.
Understanding the Perspective of the Designers
The designers spend weeks, if not months, to formulate the look and feel of the prospective website. The whole team works hard to make even the smallest decisions. After thousands of internal reviews, they present their designs to the clients. Once the client gives the green signal, they handed down the designing details to the developers. They expect that the developers will respect their hard works, and will follow the description to the tee while creating the website.
Unfortunately, more often than not, their expectations get crushed by the developers. After weeks of writing, when the designers get to see that the product looks different than the proposed ones; they get disheartened.
Why Does This Happen?
As it is a regular phenomenon for the technology companies, there must be some reason for this to happen over and over. Maybe, a strong communication channel between the two teams can solve the problem. How to make it better? Probably arranging a proper handover meeting where every little detail is discussed, can be a solution. Keeping a video document of the meeting can also be a good solution. Make sure both teams meet every week to sort out confusions and check the progress of work.
Communication Is the Key
This is the single most important way to sort out miscommunication. The teams of the developers and the designers must talk to each other about the project. The more often they talk, the better it is. If possible, arrange a meet with both the teams to sort out problems related to feasibility. The meetings will be beneficial for both teams as cross-disciplinary ideas will be exchanged. Open communication will help the developers and the designers to look through each other’s perspectives and reach to the common grounds. If you let the developers participate in the project early, it will help them to get familiarize with the project.
Learn Basic Typographic and Design Rules
Almost 95% of the materials available on the internet are in text. So, you have to give special attention to typographical problems and errors. Learning basic concepts and terms of typography will help the developers to understand the demands of the designers more easily. It will also help you to become a more protean developer.
Both the designers and the developers should understand that they are in this situation together. In this fast-paced industry, developers work under immense pressure to deliver the products before the deadline. As such, it is their prerogative to find time and create an opportunity to communicate with the designing team. It is true that they will be forced to take some designing decisions. However, a little bit of pro-action can sort this problem out. Develop the mock designs as best as you can and then refine it with the help of the designers.
Ultimately, trustful and friendly relationship between tech and creative people can improve the rate of productivity. This relationship between the teams reflects on the outcome of the products as well.