|Published online: March 21, 2014||$US5.00|
Through qualitative methods, this paper examines the evolving role of the visual communication designer within the Agile development process. As websites and software become more complex environments, designers can quickly find themselves unable to design and implement a complete solution on their own. While this realization seems like a loss of control—the designers and their designs now appear to be at the whim of the developer—it can actually result in more thoughtful solutions. Designers must simply learn to become a team player by integrating themselves firmly into the process. In doing this, the integrity of the visual design will not be compromised and will add broader benefit to the site or application. It is crucial that designers adopt a new team-based mentality towards designing digital products. This paper will document insights from interviews about, and direct observation of, the Agile development processes to provide context and insight into a visual communication designer’s ideal role and expected deliverables. Implications and challenges for visual communication design education will be derived from the insights obtained through this study.
|Keywords:||Visual Communication Design, Agile Methods, Software, Web Design, User Experience Design, Design Education, Mobile Application, Collaboration|
International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 7, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.11-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 21, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 431.949KB)).
Assistant Professor, Herron School of Art and Design, Visual Communication Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Department of Art and Design, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA