The time required to test an idea should be zero. This was the very first sentence I wrote when considering the Airbnb design tools team vision. We believe that, within the next few years, emerging technology will allow teams to design new products in an expressive and intuitive way, while simultaneously eliminating hurdles from the product development process.
As it stands now, every step in the design process and every artifact produced is a dead end. Work stops whenever one discipline finishes a portion of the project and passes responsibility to another discipline. Projects progress from stakeholder meetings to design to engineering; requirements become explorations, explorations become mockups and prototypes, and these are handed off to developers to become final products. But each of these cumbersome steps is, at its core, a translation of shared meaning to a different medium in progression toward a common goal, with skilled experts in each domain acting as translators.
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