James McQuarrie is a UK based Product Leader who helps teams discover, design, build and deliver digital products and services that delight their users.
When I first joined ProcServe one of the first things I wanted to do was get across to the development team I work with what my views on web design were. In a tongue-in-cheek attempt at this I wrote up the ProcServe Design Manifesto, printed it off and handed it round the team. While it started as a bit of a joke, it has actually gone down very well and has even made a bit of an impact outside of the dev team.
I thought I’d share it here and ask you, my readers, if you would change any of these principles or add any additional ones if this was your manifesto?
- Software is for real people not “users”
Userpeople centered design and development
- Every task or process should be goal driven
- Just because we can doesnâ€™t mean we should
- We’re selling an experience, not software
- Progressively enhance and gracefully degrade
- How something is implemented is just as important as how it works and looks
- If you can take a step in the process away and the goal can still be achieved, do it
- Accessibility is for everyone
- Software is a tool for helping people do a job