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The DOs and DON’Ts of Working with a Designer

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  1. DO: Communicate
    DON’T: Expect a mind reader
    Communication is an integral component to any project, be it design related or otherwise. No communication or miscommunication can tank an entire project. From the first meeting with the designer, work together to create a clear project vision. One of the most helpful pieces of information you can provide during this meeting is a selection of examples of other similar works that you like. Collaboration with the designer during the entire project is also necessary. Establish a communication schedule so that the project remains on track. Ensure that this schedule is adhered to. If a designer doesn’t hear anything throughout the project they assume that everything is going well. No designer is going to be happy if presented with a laundry list of changes at the end of a project.
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Software Architecture – The 4 + 1 View Model

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Effectively communicating the same message to the many types of stakeholders in a software development project can be a challenge. Semantics used in a communication, such as that of a software requirement for example, can be received and interpreted differently from one person to the next. Often times each recipient will receive a communication however not everyone will have the same common understanding of what is being said.

There are many methodologies, models, and templates that attempt to provide a more cohesive understanding of a software solution design. The 4 + 1 View Model is one such way of describing a software system.  Developed by Philippe Kruchten , currently a professor of software engineering at the University of British Columbia, the 4 + 1 View Model is a framework for presenting a consistent look at the design of a software system.

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