Giving proper credit for design ideas

19 Apr 2010 - 1:36pm
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I'm new to user experience design. I do a lot of research. When presenting a formal design analysis, what is the best practice for incorporating ideas from other designers as suggestions? Should I include a written reference to sources?


19 Apr 2010 - 11:54pm

I use credits when a project is finished, but only if requiered by other designer/design company. In other stages of project it is considered optional I guess.

21 Apr 2010 - 11:50am

I think you should always give proper credit. For example, if you saw a design pattern that worked well on another site, it actually lends credence to give credit to that company for inspiring you - and it may strengthen stakeholders' buy-in, upon seeing something work well for another company, especially if they respect that company. If the other designer is on your team, definitely give credit whenever possible - it will promote good team relations, show that you are someone that can be trusted and a good team player, and getting other people's input into your design usually makes it stronger, as you can't always see what issues there are with your own work. It's a matter of ethics. Everyone builds upon the experience, failures, and successes of others, and those others, if known, deserve our respect.

21 Apr 2010 - 5:38pm

Thank you both for your comments.

I have this scenario. I may be working on an ecommerce site for a designer in the apparel industry. I discovered a really good site for a designer in another industry.  If I were doing a competitive analysis my findings would naturally be included in the report showing a best practice. But stumbing upon and being inspired by the one I found is different, so I'm not sure if and how I should reference anything.


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