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Design with Metrics in 2020

While the design community is exulting the introduction of collaboration and automation into their design workflow, design metrics seem more important than ever.

Written by Jim Raptis

Dec 18, 2019 • 2 min

Design with Metrics in 2020

The design has evolved throughout 2019 with collaboration and automation being an unbreakable part of our processes. Even AI started breaking into the design life with slow steps and gained a bit of popularity. On the other hand, the design field still remains the most chaotic and unstructured industry in terms of metrics.

Consider the marketing life for a while. A good marketer starts a campaign, sets the objectives, create the content, and automates the publishing and evaluation flow. Then the campaign is launched.

The evaluation of the results is based on the outcome of A/B tests and the analytics metrics. The work is done and he can happily announce the conversions increase or the marketer admits the failure and starts over again.

Why this cannot happen in design too?

Imagine that!

You kickstart a new design project with your stakeholders. The stakeholders are not sure what exactly they want (pretty rare huh?! 😅). He wants a modern but elegant app that makes the user feel excited and safe at the same time.

Moodboards are still a thing so you create one about the X project. You add user interfaces of similar apps and create a typical color schema too.

The stakeholders go home and your responsibility is to make their partial idea come to life.

You open your favorite design tool and start wireframing and designing a couple of basic screens. 60 minutes later a popup appears:

notion image

You keep on designing with a smile on your face and try full rounded corners at your buttons. Another notification grabs your attention:

notion image

Then, you play around with your color palette. Black is the queen of elegance. Why not black as my primary color? Guess what, another popup dialog.

notion image

The next day, you meet with your stakeholders. You’re pretty nervous because you have to present your solution and they are picky.

This is not what I had in my mind at our previous meeting. However it seems to fulfill our objectives and works pretty well, so let’s give it a try!

End of the imaginary story here.

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