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#7: Be obsessed with your users more than the artifacts
This post is a replay from issue #7 of The Playbook that I never sent to your inbox. I'm on a break from writing new posts, but I'm excited and looking forward to sharing further insights soon. Additionally, I'm making progress with my upcoming handbook about deliberate practice for designers. Some free slots are still available if you're interested, as I plan to charge for them once it's published.
Self-reminder: Design artifacts are not the end goal.
They are just vehicles for building solutions to the problem you are solving. They take you from the abstract problem space to concrete solutions that enrich people's lives.
Get obsessed with your artifacts only if they will:
Help you synthesize all the information you have gathered
Manage everyone's expectations
Communicate your ideas to others
Find out how to use wireframes, user journey maps, or any artifacts you have created to share progress, clarify concepts, foster understanding within your team, and craft the best solution. If communicated correctly, your scrappy wireframes and user journeys can be more powerful than high-fidelity designs.
Don’t just present them. Use them as tools to seek advice and to collaborate with others.
Yes, we are designers; we love the pixel-perfect design. But remember: Our obsession with achieving pixel-perfect precision is only a fraction of the giant process of manifesting the best solution.
Push your solutions beyond your computer because your work won't remain on your Figma files forever.
Be more obsessed with your users than with your artifacts because, ultimately, your goal is to see your solution in the hands of the users.
I'm writing two handbooks to guide designers with valuable insights, helping them thrive in their craft.
Frameworks for Thinking offers various frameworks and tools to help designers and creatives think critically, generate new ideas, and solve complex problems.
Deliberate Practice for Designers provides guides and insights to help you master your craft and become a lifelong learner through deliberate practice.