Navigating the Agile World: A Motion Designer's Guide
I'm here to demystify the most common working style of most UX or product teams—Agile.
It's a way of managing projects where teams work in short iterative cycles, adapt quickly to change, and focus on delivering minor, incremental improvements.
Think of it like building a puzzle, one piece at a time, rather than trying to complete the whole picture in one go. As a UX Motion Designer, I want to share how we, as motion designers (or those who want to pursue motion in their UX work), can thrive in this exciting and dynamic Agile world!
Early Bird Advantage 🐦
✦ Being involved from the start is critical. It's like being part of the story from the first chapter. We understand the project goals early and ensure that our motion designs are woven seamlessly into the narrative from the beginning of a project.
Agile Lingo for Creatives 🗣️
✦ Learning the Agile language is like learning a new dance. Once you know the steps – like Sprints, User stories, and Personas – you can move harmoniously with the rest of the team. It's all about staying in rhythm!
Prototype, Present, Repeat 🔄
✦ Quick motion prototyping is our secret weapon. It allows us to show our ideas in action fast, get feedback, and refine them. Think of it like sketching: the quicker we sketch, the sooner we find the best design. It's good to have variations and alternatives to ensure there are more chances to have more UX motion impact.
Feedback is Your Friend 👥
✦ Regular feedback sessions are like checkpoints. They help us understand how our work fits into the larger puzzle and what we can do to make it even better. Remember that it's a two-way conversation that enriches our creativity and the project's success.
Spread the Motion Magic 🎩
✦ Educating our team about the power of motion design can transform its role in the project. Share your knowledge, lead mini-workshops, or have casual talks. It's all about showing and convincing how motion can bring user stories to life and is worth investing in for the product or feature.
Flexibility is Key 🌊
✦ In Agile, change is the only constant. Being flexible and adaptable with our designs helps us align with the project's evolving needs. Diving into Agile as a motion designer is like exploring a new frontier. It's full of opportunities to push our creative boundaries and significantly impact the project's journey.
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