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Buttons Are Expensive

Submitted by Brajeshwar Oinam (@brajeshwar) on Friday, 25 August 2017

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Abstract

A designer, engineer and QA are to design, build, and test some buttons. If these staff cost $100/hr, and it takes this team of three 200 hours combined to design, build and test buttons at this level of quality, then buttons cost $20,000. Buttons Are Expensive, So Make a Library.

Outline

Let’s imagine you combine a designer, engineer and QA specialist to design, build, and test these buttons. If these staff cost $100/hr, and it takes this team of three 200 hours combined to design, build and test buttons at this level of quality, then buttons cost $20,000.

200 hrs × $100/hr = $20,000 for Buttons

If your enterprise has 25 teams each making buttons, then it costs your enterprise $1,000,000 to have good buttons.

$20,000 × 50 teams = $1,000,000 for Buttons

That’s a million dollars, for buttons. And since buttons were made by 50 different teams, expect quality and consistency to vary significantly.

If buttons cost a million dollars, how much do our complicated components like header, cards, data grids, and modals cost? It’s not hard to imagine that they could cost millions of dollars each.

This is why we need a system to spread a visual language and reusable UI components across our enterprise of product development teams. So, on to how we can make and adopt such a system.

Speaker bio

Brajeshwar is a Product designer who believes in simplicity, minimalism. He has an ardent willingness to push the bounds, envisioning the betterment of usable and practical solutions.

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  • 1
    Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa) Reviewer 6 months ago

    Share slides for this proposal, Brajeshwar to evaluate it fully.

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      Brajeshwar Oinam (@brajeshwar) Proposer 5 months ago

      Give me few days to prepare the slides.

      • 1
        Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa) Reviewer 5 months ago

        Send the slides in by or before 30 June.

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