Collaboration with development is a handshake, not a handoff

We recently spent 14 months designing an investment platform for traders
and portfolio managers. As you might imagine, this was a large and complex
application that required a tremendous amount of collaboration with the client.
Our team consisted of a design communicator, an interaction designer, two
visual designers and an engagement lead. We spent many hours with subject
matter experts (SMEs), business analysts (BAs) and developers, crafting a
solution that satisfied the needs and goals of seven user personas (and because
their real-world counterparts were also employees of our client, actual users
reviewed our work every step of the way). This article describes some of the
key techniques we employed to ensure that the interaction design was something
our client’s development team could implement (I’ll focus on our collaboration
about interaction design; visual design was a key component of this highly
visual interface, and deserves its own article).

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