2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 9, 2009 11:12 AM by OnTimeRhyme

    Incorporating a Graphics Designer

    OnTimeRhyme

      Greetings!

       

      I am interested in learning what your experience has been with regards to finding the most effective way to incorporate a designer into the Flex development process. We currently have a Flex developer who, although is quite good from a technical perspective, does not have an eye for design.

       

      We are looking to do a major "face lift" to the application that he developed for us. For this, we envision calling on a graphics designer. Also, going forward, we would like to have input from the designer who would, for instance, have a say over where we should place buttons, insert links, etc...  Our designer just doesn't have the "knack" (nor do I !) for placing things in the right spot on the screen and it simply doesn't look professional.

       

      Our developer claims that it is impossible to give Flex application access to a graphics designer, due to the application's complexities. He says that the only way to incorporate a designer is for the designer to tell him where to place images, buttons, links, etc. Speaking from experience, this does not work. At least it hasn't for us.

       

      I appreciate your input into how we can proceeed in the most efficient manner.

       

      Sincerely,

       

      Tom

        • 1. Re: Incorporating a Graphics Designer
          Michael Borbor Level 4

          Have you checked scalenine.com? Definitively Flex 3 isn't the ideal

          Place for a designer but if a designer is good enough he can make his

          way skinning an app, even tough apparently you're looking more for a

          user experience engineer than a designer.

          2009/6/7, mecdatlanta <forums@adobe.com>:

          >

          Greetings!

          >

          I am interested in learning what your experience has been with regards to

          finding the most effective way to incorporate a designer into the Flex

          development process. We currently have a Flex developer who, although is

          quite good from a technical perspective, does not have an eye for design.

          >

          We are looking to do a major "face lift" to the application that he

          developed for us. For this, we envision calling on a graphics designer.

          Also, going forward, we would like to have input from the designer who

          would, for instance, have a say over where we should place buttons, insert

          links, etc...  Our designer just doesn't have the "knack" (nor do I !) for

          placing things in the right spot on the screen and it simply doesn't look

          professional.

          >

          Our developer claims that it is impossible to give Flex application access

          to a graphics designer, due to the application's complexities. He says that

          the only way to incorporate a designer is for the designer to tell him where

          to place images, buttons, links, etc. Speaking from experience, this does

          not work. At least it hasn't for us.

          >

          I appreciate your input into how we can proceeed in the most efficient

          manner.

          >

          Sincerely,

          >

          Tom

          >

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          • 2. Re: Incorporating a Graphics Designer
            OnTimeRhyme Level 1

            Thanks Michael (and others who emailed me privately),

             

            I got a little creative in searching the forum for previous posts (they really need to incorporate advanced search terms into this forum).  I was able to find out that, basically, the best way to develop in Flex is to use a Flex developer and a designer and, as you mentioned, a user experience expert.

             

            The designer basically creates the skin and grapics.  The developer then incorporates a draft of the screens, including all logic/transitions/etc.  The UE person then comes along and requests that fields are moved around and transitions changed so that the user experience is optimized.

             

            Does that about sum it up?

             

            Since we are a very small software company, we only have the Flex developer in house.  We planned on using the design and UE people on a contract basis and have them collaborate using Adobe Connect (or similar) to allow the designed and UE people to give input with the developer either doing the work or giving control of his pc to allow these two other team players to make changes under his supervision.

             

            Thanks again for your input.

             

            Best,

             

            Tom