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James Churchill
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James Churchill
Treehouse Teacher

New Pro content now available! Dev Team Show Episode #4: The Role of Design in Software Development

Hello Treehouse Pro subscribers!

Episode #4 of the Dev Team Show is now available! In this episode, Treehouse teacher Alena Holligan and I talk about the role of design in software development.

https://teamtreehouse.com/library/episode-4-the-role-of-design-in-software-development

After you've watched the episode, come back here and join the discussion. What has been your experience with design when developing websites or applications? Have you had a great experience? Any bad experiences? How do you feel design influences the development process?

Thanks ~James

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Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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I was a bit disappointed after hearing about Director and then following the link only to find that Adobe announced that it was discontinuing Director as of February 1, 2017. Apparently the recommended replacement product is Adobe Animate.

Adobe is apparently beta-testing something new called Experience Design which I don't know much about yet but it sounds like it may be an exciting tool for use in the design process.

I'm very familiar with the development pattern where my involvement starts with being handed some images and instructions to "build this". The group handing off the design might not even be in the same office. In a large company environment it's no easy task to break out of that model. And the expectation often seems to be that with such an explicit visual template the development should be nearly instantaneous. But once the product can be viewed and tested, a reasonably smooth feedback/response loop occurs where what they thought they wanted gets gradually adjusted into something they actually like.

Alena Holligan
Alena Holligan
Treehouse Teacher

"Authorware" was another pretty cool tool "back in the day", which also didn't belong to adobe at the time, but it looks like adobe took over http://www.adobe.com/products/authorware/ :) Haven't touched either of them since school

James Churchill
James Churchill
Treehouse Teacher

I did a fair amount of work with Director back in the day when it was a Macromedia product. Do you remember the various CD-ROM specs? Yellow book? Green book?