It’s not very often we start on a brand new product, but when it does, it gives the whole team a chance to craft a killer user experience.
While I’ve mentioned several times how I go about designing a killer user experience, but, when it comes down to it, its success truly depends on how focused our development team, executive team, and user research team are on delivering an outstanding user experience.
I am thrilled with the UX of our newest product: IBM PowerVC.
Take a peek here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFTbC6JW7YE
Because not only did we do our best work on the design, the entire team was driven to deliver the best user experience possible. Is it perfect? Nope. But based on the time we had and the resources we had available, I think it’s pretty great (and so do the customers who have previewed it…which is our ultimate goal).
The design team iterated over and over to polish, change, alter, restart, and finish a fantastic design that the development team could deliver.
The development team was relentless in its pursuit of outstanding UX. We had healthy debates about the best way a widget should behave, what tasks were most relevant to our users, even how the artwork should look. And lets face it, without awesome developers, even your best designs won’t benefit anyone.
The executive and product management team was the fuel that drove this relentless pursuit of great user experience. Even for us in the design community, it’s tempting to take the easy way in order to make a deadline, but this time there was a constant mantra “Focus on the UX” from the very top.
Take a peek, and let me know what you think.
Oh, and here’s a question to leave you with? How do you say thank you to your developers when they deliver your designs?