Creating an application or system is a complex task for most, especially in today’s climate where quality is key and consumers are unforgiving. Regardless of whether the idea behind a project is flawless, if unprepared or unplanned there is a high risk of spiralling project costs, lost profit, missed deadlines or even total failure. To mitigate these risks, it is essential to map out the software design of a potential system or application before embarking on the development journey.
This will not only save the cost and time associated with fixing mistakes during the development lifecycle, but will also improve quality and user experience for end-users and key stakeholders. To help with this process, we’ve put together our top 3 software design considerations to acknowledge when starting out a software project:
1. Explore Ideas as Early as Possible
There are no two ways about it. Having as many ideas on the table as possible during the initial design phase is highly beneficial. Exploring a multitude of ideas early on in the project lifecycle provides more time, allowing you to considering more factors, and leaves more room for innovation when designing software products.
2. Don’t be Afraid to Take Inspiration From Others
Ever heard the phrase “Good artists borrow, great artists steal”? Well, whilst we wouldn’t recommend plagiarising another piece of software from top to bottom, we definitely advocate taking others’ ideas and expanding on them or simply incorporating elements into your product. The key benefit of this is that your designs are likely to feel uniquely familiar and intuitively easy to use, as they work like other things that the end-user may have already been exposed to.
3. Software Design is a Continuous Process
Let’s face it, great software design is difficult to fulfil. Especially as user expectations continue to grow and change with time, and because design involves style, which is ever changing. What was “cool” or “hip” last year won’t be this year, and what is considered to be the “in thing” today may not be tomorrow. The moral of the story is that great software design is rarely timeless, and therefore it should be a continuous process. When your software ships, the next version should be in consideration.
There are many more design considerations that we could share from our experiences designing software for clients, however, it would probably be too many for a blog post.
If you would like to further discuss ways in which you could optimise your software design process or wish to learn more about how we’ve helped others in their process, please contact us. Alternatively visit our software design page to learn more about the services we offer.