We're giving away two copies each of Communicating Design by Dan Brown
Web Design by Nathan Curtis. You could win one, if you give us 20 minutes of
your time to complete a survey.
The survey is about documentation. Our industry needs a better understanding
of the many documents produced by designers. Communicating our design is a
crucial part of our work, and yet no industry standards have emerged. When
employed effectively, deliverables inject accountability, predictability,
and traceability into our process. And yet documentation sometimes comes
under fire when people don't feel like they're spending enough time "doing
design" or aren't proficient enough to produce good documentation fast. The
purpose of this survey is to paint a picture of documentation's role in our
work, of our favorite tools, and of how we use time-saving techniques.
The survey asks questions about your role, your design process, and the
kinds of artifacts you create. It's *25 multiple-choice questions and takes
about 20 minutes to complete*. Though we've beta-tested the survey, there's
probably a few things wrong with it. Your patience with its shortcomings is