Posted Oct 19, 2012 0:38 UTC (Fri) by jschrod (subscriber, #1646)
Parent article: Quotes of the week
Please read the comment section of Crystal Beasley's sniding remark, esp. the remark from Oct 18.
Having fought the last few months some »marketing« folks and so-called designers, I can fully appreciate situations where developers, adressed by her as technical single-minds, start to rebell. There are many projects where I haven't even been allowed to bring our own communication designers to work on the design. Similar situations exists in OSS project situations and are not adressed by her at all, while crucial.
As well, *real* marketing-professionals, in my experience, don't culture such hinderance to business goals, as she describes. That's why I put the term »marketing« in quotes above. Real professionals from that area, that I work with, are interested in *why* it is so hard, and don't disqualify this as a trivial matter as her post does. They are interested in the project results, are willing to contribute their part, and are not afraid of getting dirty by disussing it with the techs.
As the commenter tells, it's all about being part of the dev team, not being superior to it. I'm working now since 25+ years in this business, bringing UX design to real products, and Crystal Beasley has still a lot to learn about it; IMNSHO.
For the folks reading it: It's not as bad as she tells. The issue is identifying the professionals that you want to work with. Choose a good one, and take your time selecting one. It will be worth it.