No-handoff cheat sheet

In the no-handoff approach all disciplines revolve around improving the end user experience. They work together from day 1 to day infinity, with no handoff periods in between. To achieve the mental shifts required and promote fuller team integration I take three simple steps – a shared vocabulary, shared goals, and a shared primary communication …

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The no-handoff method: bridging design and code

Project handoff is often compared to throwing your work over the fence for the next team to catch. Handoff is a near-universally recognized period of inefficiency and frustration. While user-centered frameworks like Agile have broken down barriers between development and the end user, in practice the divisions between designers and programmers still persist. It’s part …

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Lo-fi wireframing for an Organic Orchard

Picture paradise and you are probably thinking of someplace just like Cummins Nursery. This organic orchard and self-described “u-pick paradise” is a well established destination IRL as well as online. At the farmstand you can buy veggies, fruits, and flowers all grown on their acres of fertile land. And online you can buy saplings for …

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Information Architecture vs. User Experience

A question I’m often asked is about the relationship between Information Architecture and User Experience. Im interested in any other interpretations, below is how these two disciplines take shape in my projects. Information Architecture falls under the umbrella of User Experience. IA looks at the organization and structure of website content to maximize usability, and …

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Database Schematics vs. Wireframes

Wireframes are at the heart of the no-handoff process. A functional wireframe is built at the earliest possible moment, usually after just one discovery meeting. Its how we assess sitemap and navigation, forms, representative page content, and interactive elements in their natural habitat. But for sites with complex relational databases you also need a database …

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