Don’t Talk About Design Over Email

    March 23, 2007

I’ve just been watching an interview conducted by Merlin Mann of 43Folders fame with Jeffery Veen, previously of Adaptive Path, now with google, and one statement in the interview really rang true with me and that was:

You can’t talk about design over email, that’s a very bad idea

Basically Jeffery provides examples of how he gets stuff done at Google, including carrying around any designs that he needs to get approved on the off chance he might run into the approver.

I certainly agree that email is a horrible way to discuss design, but Jeffery does have the distinct benefit of working on a campus with all his colleagues in the same building. Anyone have any good stories about long distance collaborate on design? Successes, failures?

BTW here’s part 2 of the interview between Merlin and Jeffrey