How designers can deal with downtime?


1. Improve your processes

Understanding information, rather than just relaying it, is very different, but it’s the key to conveying trust with both clients and developers.

He adds. “I find YouTube and Udemy tutorials are really useful for this.

2. Learn a new skill

3. Host a hackathon

At ShopTalk, we have an internal initiative called ‘Shop, Let’s Make it’ — a quarterly design-hackathon where the team get to apply their creative skills to their own ideas, and ShopTalk invest in helping to make these happen, explains director and co-founder Paul Ferry.

4. Read a good book

“When a project ends, I take the opportunity to meditate my mind and desktop,” says Bryony Sutton UX and UI designer at Banc. I’ll organise these by type and then version, so I can access them if needs be, post-launch. Throughout web builds, my desktop can start to look a bit scattered with files and documents.”

5. Test your skills with a side project

If the downtime is short, i.e. less than a day, then we’ll use this time to explore new UX trends or tidy up our code library to make future projects more efficient.

6. Support your juniors

As well as scheduled research and development for improving our own services and innovations to benefit our clients.



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