5 Front-End Design Essentials for Developers

5 Front-End Design Essentials for Developers

I went from a part-time designer in a local Hong Kong tech company to one of its partners. Before I joined full-time, I taught myself CSS when I worked as a web designer for a number of agencies and clients. Since joining this company 6 years ago, I’ve been involved with 50+ projects (including in-house ones), including Apple’s Best New App 2016.

As our development team grew, I couldn’t just pass my Sketch design files with “a common understanding” to our senior developers, so I wrote this CSS checklist for the company. I’ve added additional notes on the concepts behind the checklist items. Continue reading “5 Front-End Design Essentials for Developers”

Dear Founders: Here’s Why You Should Always Focus on Frontend Instead of Backend for an MVP

Frontend is more important than backend

You’ve got a great idea in mind. You and your co-founder just sit down and make a product roadmap. One of the critical questions you are very likely to go through is: what is the proper frontend-to-backend resource ratio?

80-20 frontend backend mvp
Our MVP rule.

80% Frontend vs 20% Backend is our golden time investment ratio.

We love backend architecture. However, we’ve also worked with many clients and MVP products. Our learning is simple. You should spend 80% of your time on the frontend of your product, and here’s why:

 

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