request input on how to future proof a product's UI

16 Apr 2008 - 12:58am
8 years ago
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sreeramen ramaswamy

Hi Guys,
Given the product development happens in phases and adding more to it based
on success of the product in the market, as well as the funding coming
through, how to make a product's UI future proof, and scalable.

Please provide some examples if possible.



16 Apr 2008 - 12:07pm
Sarah Kampman

There's nothing that will protect you from all the things life & your
customers will throw your way, but I think there are two levels at
which to reduce the number of surprises you encounter.

One is the tactical level. Building re-usable code components,
leveraging the cascading aspect of CSS (if applicable), using (or at
least storing) vector images instead of bitmaps... Building in this
way lets you build up a large library of pages/screens, while still
preserving the ability to make a system-wide change in the minimum
number of places. Change will happen... this allows you to respond to
it faster.

The other, longer-term, level is strategic. If the UI designer is
buried within the organization with no visibility into the current &
future customer needs, or has little understanding of the business
environment their company is playing in, the designer will always be
surprised by what happens. The more involvement the UI designer has
with the customers and the business landscape -- balanced by insight
into the executive vision for the company -- the better prepared the
designer will be to anticipate future needs and create lasting


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