Identify your Visionaries. Then Empower them.
Unless you’re Leonardo da Vinci, the world’s most famous polymath, visionary designs that never come to fruition are a tragic loss. That’s why good, empowered designers are allowed and encouraged to shepherd their vision all the way through the implementation process, to the customer. During that process, the design will need to change as it meets up with the realities of implementation and usability testing. That’s when design really gets going, as you get to see how your customers react to it, the unexpected ways they use and abuse it.
To the right is a video of me explaining the implemented features of the EverQuest II Players site. It was wonderful to demo a real working character profile site after so much work on the designs.
If one of my French-speaking friends would like to translate this for me, I’d appreciate it!