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The Making of Medium

Teehan+Lax have a great behind the scenes look at their part in designing Medium.

They consisted of questions like:

  • Who is this page for?
  • What problem does this page solve for the user?
  • How do we know they need it?
  • What is the primary action we want users to take on this page?
  • What might prompt a user to take this action?
  • How will we know that this page is doing what we want it to do?

I love learning how designers drill down into the function of a site or product. I often dream of being someone with an expert eye and taste that can influence product design but then I realize I don’t have those skills and I pout in the corner.

Make sure you check out the other stories on their site, there’s a lot of knowledge in these pages.