14 January 2018
Designers (of all types, graphic, product, ux, etc.) - I have a question for you.
When you present your work, how many versions, looks, ideas do you send and what is your strategy for helping stakeholders reach a decision to move forward with said designs?
—marc hemeon · 9:05 PM – 8 Jan 2018
I begin each critique by explaining and demonstrating the problem, and then I present one solution. I usually include a few edge-case mockups and Principle animations to ensure the team thoroughly comprehends the proposal.
However, the team doesn't know I have a Sketch file up my sleeve. It's crucial to keep every iteration and have the ability to explain why the presented solution is ideal. If you have enough iterations you can be ready when the team inevitably asks "What if you tried x" questions.
Marc asks what one does to help stakeholders reach a decision because there is no guarantee that the team will agree with your proposal. You will receive both high-level and pixel-level feedback. Never take it personally. You are all trying to achieve the same goal: make your customers successful. When you receive feedback you must take notes. I usually flip between Google Slides and Things while I'm connected to Google Meet or the TV. The team will appreciate watching you carefully write down their suggestions.
Do not immediately reject what your team suggests. Note it and then reflect after the meeting. There's a good chance you do not fully understand the suggestion or your gut reaction is mistaken. When you present updated mockups and animations in a future meeting, take extra time to explain why the team's suggestions did or didn't work. This shows thoughtfulness and your team will appreciate it. By including stakeholders in the design process you will converge on a solution over time.
Home Networking Gear
09 November 2017
Not only will you have a blazing fast Internet connection and WiFi network with these products, but you will also save money. That's right. Renting a cable modem and WiFi router from Comcast costs money. Continuing (somehow) to have a phone line costs money. With this setup you will own a faster cable modem, you will own a faster, more reliable WiFi router, and you will not pay a monthly fee for a phone line or cable modem. Ready?
- ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0
- $97.99 · Amazon
The ARRIS SURFboard connects your home to the outside world (Comcast for example), and it's surprisingly easy to set up. Just screw the cable that comes out of your wall into it. Then call your Internet provider and tell them the modem's serial number. When you have the strength to leave your house, take the old modem to your Internet provider's retail store. Your bill should decrease since you aren't renting a modem anymore, but I would double check your next bill to make sure.
- eero Home WiFi System
- $318.99 · Amazon
The eero provides wireless Internet connectivity in your home. I know it's expensive, but it's so much more than your typical router. It uses mesh technology to make the connections between your devices and modem much faster and more reliable. You can save some money by purchasing only one beacon instead of two. Installation requires the eero mobile app, connecting an Ethernet cable between your cable modem and the eero, and plugging in the beacons in different rooms.
- Netgear 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
- $18.95 · Amazon
A switch allows you to connect multiple devices to your router using Ethernet cables. Why is this important? Devices like your TV, Blu-ray player, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, etc. all want (or may even require) an Internet connection. If they are communicating with the outside world, they may steal bandwith from your wireless network that your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook want. However, if you connect them directly to your router, they won't disrupt your home's wireless network. The problem is the eero does not have a bunch of extra Ethernet ports. That's where the switch helps! It turns the eero's extra port into five ports. To set up the switch just connect one of the eero's Ethernet ports to one of the switch's Ethernet ports using an Ethernet cable. Simple.
- Ooma Telo Phone Service
- $119.44 · Amazon
Do you live with someone who won't give up a home phone even after you remind them that it's 2018? Fortunately there is an affordable solution. Ooma is a one-time purchase VOIP service. Setting it up requires a few clicks on their website, choosing a phone number, and connecting it to your Ooma using the provided Etherent cable.
- AmazonBasics RJ45 Cat7 Ethernet Cable
- $6.50 · Amazon
Connect your other Internet-connected devices to your new Ethernet switch using these cables to decrease your wireless network's traffic. For example, I have a TV, Blu-ray player (yes, a Blu-ray player), and Apple TV connected to my switch. I don't own an Xbox or PlayStation because I'm afraid of becoming addicted to video games. I only play Civilization 6 a couple times per year and that satisfies me.
If you have any questions please feel free to hit me up on Twitter.