Engineering versus design at Google

An interesting article from Wired on engineering versus design at Google. Douglas Bowman, Google’s visual design lead, is leaving because he says there is too much emphasis on engineering and not enough on design. While I am a big fan of having empirical evidence when making decisions, I can understand where it could be frustrating to have to run studies to decide on the width of a line or a shade of blue.

Google’s Data Culture Drives Designer Crazy — and Out

… he got fed up with constant pushback from a bureaucracy that seeks empirical justifications for choices made within what is essentially is an art form — and often about relatively insignificant details.

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