Mike Costanzo, SVP of Product & Design
Arseny Smoogly, Technical Director
Fidelia Ho, Editorial Content Lead

Avoiding the Design System Death Spiral

Whether you're a designer, developer, product manager, or design system enthusiast, this webinar empowers you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your design system's success.

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Mike Costanzo, SVP of Product & Design
Nancy Du, Associate Director, Digital Strategy

In this article, we share the most common pitfalls we see companies make who are planning or stuck in a failing design system project.

happy face and sad face
Mike Costanzo, SVP of Product & Design

So many software development projects start with high levels of uncertainty. Some of it is explicit, you many not know exactly who the target customer is and what they want, and some of it may be implicit, you have a great idea but are uncertain about the technical risks of delivering the experience or what the state-of-the-art is capable of and, as they say, you don't know what you don't know. In these cases we echo the words of "Ike" Eisenhower:

text: Stakeholder Experience Design
Mike Costanzo, SVP of Product & Design
Naomi Bower, Design Strategist

Because Rangle is a consultancy, we have the opportunity to work with many different clients over a relatively short period. Over the last two years, we’ve been able to refine a lean discovery process that allows us to rapidly align our teams with our clients and lay the groundwork for establishing clear communication channels on day one. What I realized over this time was something I had learned early in my career as a graphic designer pitching to upper management: the first experience you design is for your stakeholders.

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Mike Costanzo, SVP of Product & Design

In this post, our Lead UX Designer Mike shares the one little addition to your design process that can really change the answer to the question “So, what do you do?”

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Mike Costanzo, SVP of Product & Design

Above is every shape you need to draw in order to master the art of sketching amazing user interfaces (UI). A circle, a square, and a triangle. That’s it.

Mike Costanzo, SVP of Product & Design

When I get a fresh Macbook and plug it in for the first time there are some essential apps that I install straight away. I've compiled a list of free tools we recommend to increase productivity for Mac users at rangle.io. Many of these apps are general enough that they would benefit a Designer, Front End Developer or Back End Developer. Obviously the more Developer centric tools are focused on Javascript development since thats what we do. We'd love to hear from you if there are any apps you can't live without that we should add to our toolkit.

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