Writing a design proposal

If you have a proposal for a new feature or a design iteration and want to get a group of designers working on it, it’s time for a post on the make design blog. This will be useful as a central point to explain the problem, list what is needed, and gather volunteers.

Preparing a proposal post

  • Collect all the background information to the design.
  • Ensure you have made or link issues/tickets.
  • Write a clear set of expectations/requirements for the designer(s) you need on this project.
  • Write a clear set of expectations/requirements for the project.

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Defining the scope

  • State the problem: what is trying to be solved?
  • State background and link in any tickets/issues or context. Ideally, you will already have a kickoff post if a feature, be sure to link to that.
  • What is the current status?
    • Ideally, you write a call just before design but sometimes things get written a little further on in the process.
    • State clearly what work has been done and what is to be done.
  • Get involved
    • How can someone get involved?
    • What specific tasks need help and what specific skills are you looking for?
    • Measuring: how is it going to be tested?
    • What time commitment will they need to make?
    • Be clear also about what they will be expected to do and where. For example, give feedback on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ or TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/., be present in a particular meeting.

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