One of my favorite panels at SXSW 2012 was getting to hear from the lead designers of six of Google’s core products: Gmail, Google+, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Docs, and Youtube. It was cool to hear some of their unique challenges but my main takeaway was a reminder that we all face similar challenges regardless of how large or small our clients or brands may be.
The main part of their story started in the Spring of 2011 when one of the designers – unfortunately I forget which one - received an instant message from Larry Page that simply stated, “If you could redesign Google, what would you do.” He referred to this as the moment that “the dog caught the car”. As designers, it was the dream they had been waiting for but after a brief state of shock they needed a plan to seize the opportunity.
In marketing, our worlds often revolve around the deadlines. In the good ole’ days we called it “Chasing the FedEx truck” and at least we got to go home at 8pm. But once bandwidth increased and we were sending work over email, we had 24 hours in the day to worry about deadlines, like it or not.
Although deadlines often drive our inspiration, on occasion arbitrary deadlines cause us to turn in less than stellar work.