As a designer, how do you advocate/validate your design decisions with business stakeholders and developers?

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User testing session data or known best practices that I can point to and explain, otherwise it’s my opinion against yours.

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- Competitive analysis
- User testing/feedback
- Best practices, follows the standards
- Good Use Cases
- Solid prototype the demonstrates the UX flow

Frankly, there are some stakeholders and Devs who have their own idea on how the product should be and nothing we can do as a UX Designer will change that, no matter how good the design.... "You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink." Often, it comes down to your ability to foster those relationships and demonstrate you have a firm grasp of the problems and the domain.

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If all else fails, make it look pretty for them. Too often what stakeholders like or dislike is the UI and they completely miss the UX because they don’t actually use the product/feature.

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