7 Problems Growing Design Teams Face

Aarron Walter on growing design teams:

Designers are finding themselves embedded in cross-functional teams with engineers and product owners. It’s a great opportunity to learn from others with different perspectives, but it often leaves designers craving the feedback and camaraderie of other designers that’s needed to improve their craft.

Having worked in a larger design team this really hit home. I don’t think we were able to figure out how to work in cross-functional teams yet be together as a design unit with our own set of culture and rules. I really enjoyed being among designers, but siloing designers does not work either.

There is a new type of team emerging around design systems: Design System Ops.

I think I have my own understanding what this could be in a smaller organization. The 20% rule to help you grow is also something worth considering, but it’s not exclusive to designers. Good article.

Fabular: A Medieval Space Folktale with Action-RPG and Roguelike influences

Fabular is going to be a fine indie space game with axes! The mechanics reminded me of Star Control, but the art is much more interesting and there are other gameplay elements to make it even better. Here is the trailer:

This game is special, because it’s being developed by one of my friends and the team is crazy small: they’re only three people. I’m in a constant awe how they were even able to pull off what they have. I remember last April, when Milan B. showed me the game at a birthday party, it was merely a concept. I wished him good luck and that was about it. Then a year passed and about month ago they launched the Kickstarter campaign. I was impressed!

There are only 3 days left to fund Fabular and they’re a mere £4359 short of their initial 25k ask. I have only once supported a project in Kickstarter but this will be my second one.

update: Successfully raised £26,093 with 1,102 backers

App Store and new Google Play badges for Sketch

I finally updated my old badges with the new Google Play logo and color theme. If you’re a Sketch user, you may find this useful as this is a version that you can start working with. Uses the same sizes for both versions. Origin story: last year I was struggling to find a decent version for reuse. Google only offers a shitty EPS file. (Good luck getting that one into Sketch with the proper RGB color gradients.)

You can download the Sketch file from below. Enjoy!

Download: app_badges.sketch.zip