What comes first, the Design or the Technology ...
12 Nov 2007 - 4:26pm
5 years ago
What are the opinions here about what comes first, the Design or the
I am currently designing a web application from an existing windows
application. No decision had been made at the time as far as the technology
to be used, only that it would be a web application. So I designed like I
normally do, I composite/mock up designs in Fireworks, and then build the
our prototypes to users and have received a lot of great feedback and
Development has now decided to use Adobe Flex for the front end. Their
reasoning was biased towards developers, easier to code, MVC, strictly
typed, etc. My favorite was "The DOM breaks all the time, and we can't work
The developers tried to create my design in Flex. It was close in concepts,
but not near close to what I initially produced. My initial thought was,
maybe I should design in Flex, and make the Flex UI look like what I have
designed. But I am thinking more that users and the design should drive the
application and not development and what makes things easier for them.
Development is still making decisions about the application with comments
like, "it makes it easier for us to code" instead of "if we take a few more
days, we can use JSON and improve performance by 25%."
So what should come first? The design or the technology? Should one
conform to the other? Should the design break for development? Has anyone
else had this experience? Should the user come first? or the developer? Or
am I just out of my mind? ;o)