Today, after long hours of work, I was exhausted. Although Working in quarantine is a real bless. It makes me working more and more to avoid thinking too much about how does the COVID-19 disease spread!
The midnight-hour thoughts — the ones that come right before you’re about to fall asleep — will freak you out the most!
I decided not to check the latest news and sleep. Suddenly, I got an email notification from an old friend “Sara” who was working as a senior designer.
Oh Sara, really long days!
Let me share it with you…
After long nights of thinking .. I finally resigned from my job in a design studio! But even after doing this, I feel bad and confused. I wonder if you can help me understand if this is the case in most of design-as-a-service studios or this is just me!
I couldn’t cope up with the tradeoffs that have been taken, I came across an article “Why Designers Leave ?” written by Julie Zhuo, it was like a bullet to my unhealed heart!
The work did not represent what you valued. The work, ultimately, was not something you are proud of. —Julie
What I am sure of is: I just want to craft a compelling project with all design processes, techniques, and present it in the right way. Lastly, I failed!
So why I couldn’t do this in all projects I worked on?
I totally understand your disappointments and I can feel your burnout state, and actually, I have been there years ago. I felt mad actually! Why you guys are sacrificing some techniques? Are you seeking more profit!
After 8 years of extensive work in product design, passing through many business lines, tight deadlines due to a limited budget, or force-majeure like corona, I guess I could now have an answer.
And to calm your frustrations down, letʼs just start with the basics.
Why people prefer to deal with design studios — design as a service?
I think it’s for multiple reasons, few of them are the following:
1. Having consistent progress toward closure.
2. A clearer way for communication/design articulation.
3. Following a process that drives specific quality with a proven track record.
4. Having a quality of a team with different skillsets and different eyes for reviewing.
5. Not to have one single point of failure — dealing with solos.
Also, I would like to mention that being in the services sector let you -as an owner- make a trade-off to make successful projects in terms of deliverables and meet the above clients’ goals.
Taming Your Gremlin!
The triple constraints of Project Management is a description of the three most important and opposing constraints that all projects undergo. Typically, you cannot change one of the constraints without affecting either one or both of the other constraints.
1. Scope of work.
And the client always seeking the best, and you know the rest! Perhaps at this moment, the trade-offs are chosen based on client maturity, key activities required vs. available skillsets.
So, let’s just have one practical example to help you imagine.
If you have some midnight thoughts and questions about UX design career and life, email us at email@example.com. We –really– would love to hear and share midnight-hour anxieties together :).