One of the hardest aspects of kicking your tech startup off the ground is to gauge how much design work you will need. At some point you will find yourself going to your designer for more than what you hired them for.
It’s important that you know the capabilities of your design team to better prepare them for their work load and better appreciate their hard labor.
From User Experience to Development, from Marketing to Investor Relations, your design team is the only department that will serve and should be in touch with every other station of your startup.
Here’s all the work that you should be prepared to demand of your design team.
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
USER INTERFACE DESIGN
Requirements and Spec Sheets
REVISIONS AND VERSIONS
This is the one thing that is sure to get you.
Every feedback, every revision and version means more hands-on design work.
Organizing all the versions and having them ready to go for developers alone requires time and effort.
You can’t escape it. If you’re not running for it, you’re already left behind.
Outputs of design elements in standard and retina displays.
Design UX and UI for desktop and mobile browsers.
You might have strategized to introduce your product on iOS only, but soon enough you need to produce Android, Windows and Web versions.
It’s not over, the next best thing is Smart TVs and Large Touch Screens.
WEB LOOK FOR YOUR APP
Even if you’re not in Desktop Business, you will need a landing page on the good ole browser screen.
You will need to produce visually appealing materials that will be circulated in house among stakeholders, investors, board members and advisors.
Materials for Press Releases
Web and Mobile Ad banners
SOCIAL MEDIA MATERIALS
Cover pages/ Profile pictures
Gfx for Vanity pages
Competition, new technologies and design trends.
You need to allow and encourage your design people to be ahead of the game.
Ideally they should know even better than you what’s coming next. You don’t want to be building a product that works for 2013, while everyone else has already moved on to 2014.
Try this DESIGN WORKLOAD ASSESSOR we have prepared to help determine your true design needs, assess skillsets and manpower required to achieve your startup’s goals in the next few months.
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