Offshoring (was Re: Being a designer in a small country)
18 Jan 2005 - 2:41pm
10 years ago
> Do you ever fear that much of this could one day be offshored?
I think the topic of offshoring is an interesting one for design, but
not really a threat.
The key to good design is to know the people who are going to use it,
and then to leverage that knowledge in your design. It is difficult to
design across cultures: just as I would have trouble understanding how
to design for a client in Bangalore (unless I could spend time there,
with my customer and their customers), so it would be difficult for a
designer in Bangalore to do a remote design for a site in Canada.
I think this holds across the range of design disciplines, from
requirements discovery and generation through high-level design,
low-level design, visual presentation design, and testing.
Design implementation, on the other hand, is probably quite easy to
offshore. Write up a detailed spec with testable requirements, and
send it off to the Federated Republic of Lower Moldavia. If their IT
folk have the technical chops, they'll probably be able to implement
it well and at a low cost.
Yet another benefit of working at the people side of technology. :-)