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App Development – The Design Document
Last week I discussed my plan for producing my Coffee App and gave a brief overview of the idea. This week, it’s time for the next step in my master plan – the design document.
What’s the point of the design document?
Documentation, like project management, is not sexy – at least not to any developers I know (past making sarcastic comments in the code itself). It does however have a valuable role to play.
The design document should aim to clear up potential design issues before development begins. It presents the features that will exist in the App and explains there significance to the experience. For my Coffee App, I want the document to be comprehensive without dictating the technical details of the implementation. I may well deviate from it and add new ideas, during both the graphic design and development, but it gives me an anchor point. Something that I can refer back to during development when I feel that the App is deviating from the original idea.