Our Designers implement their designs
Having our designers implement their designs means that they have more empathy
and understanding of what our Developers are doing. It allows us to have smaller
teams that can create quickly but also change direction quickly. We believe what
makes a great team is when each of the member's lines of responsibility blurs
into that of others. Every member of the team understands enough about the
other's job that they can reach a high level of empathy for each other and
Designers hold a lot of power regarding the products they build and the process
by which they create solutions because they're able to impact the final
implementation. They are actively deciding what the product is
and how it solves the problems of others, not only what it looks like. We
believe that the more of these decisions the designers are part of, the better
the resulting product.
Think in reusable elements and components
When writing HTML and CSS, think in systems.
Browser support means that we make a site or web app usable. Support does not
mean visual and behavioral parity across all browsers. While we may strive for
this, it's not always possible to achieve the same user experience
We default to supporting the newest and the last previous two releases of
popular browsers (Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Android Browser) for mobile
and desktop devices. Older versions are much harder, more time consuming, and
hence more expensive to design for, develop for, and support. In limited special
cases, user demographics will dictate that supporting a less common or older
version of a browser is required. Those special cases should be identified early
on so we can plan for additional time and expense to support the version.
Browser and Device Testing
A majority of our browser testing gets done through Browser
Stack. We've found it to be the easiest and fastest
way to check a wide variety of browsers. Credentials for our company account can
be found in 1Password.
To avoid a last-minute bug smash, you should check how things are looking in
supported browsers regularly.
In each studio, we have a small device library with some of the most popular
devices to test on. If your project has specific needs for a device, discuss
with your project advisor and local Managing Director to make sure that this is
a reasonable purchase.