On working with designers

Editor’s note: On January, 18, 2019 the Dropbox Design blog featured a post from Product Designer, Jenny Wen, on working with engineers. This post covers the topic from an engineer’s perspective.

One of my favorite things as an engineer building Paper is how closely I get to work with designers. It’s an important partnership. When we share the same goals, work closely together, and understand what is important to each other we can create things that we would never be able to accomplish on our own. The opposite is also true. When we don’t align early,

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Dropbox Paper: Emojis and Exformation

Exformation vs. Information

Communication is hard 😖 (it’s ok, little buddy, we’re gonna talk about some tools to combat this). When it comes to conveying a message with other human beings you have to make sure to speak clearly, listen well, use unambiguous words, remember what the other person said, understand the context surrounding the conversation, read between the lines sometimes, pay attention to body language and intonation, comprehend cross-cultural differences, and so many more subtle intricacies. Now compound that problem with trying to communicate with someone over a digital medium. You have to do double the work in conveying and listening — you lose things like the benefit of body language,

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