Recently I’ve been asking my teammates to exercise certain rights I believe all design collaborators on projects should have. So far, the rights have been listed as occasions arise, but I’m starting to want to keep a list, because I don’t want to forget them, but also because they feel sacred and I would like to see them worded precisely and laid out systematically as a Design Collaborator’s Bill of Rights. I will be updating this list, and once it stabilizes I might letterpress it as a physical piece.
- The right to a brief: every team member has the right to request a clearly framed problem to solve autonomously (as opposed a specification to execute).
- The right to clarity: every team member can request a detailed explanation for any aspect of the project, until it is completely understood.
- The right to justification: every team member can raise explicit concerns with decisions, and to have the concerns addressed.
- The right to propose alternatives: every team member is free to conceive and communicate different approaches to solving problems.
- The right to have pre-articulate intuitions: every team member can expect to have pure (pre-articulate) intuitions respected as valid, and to be assisted in giving the intuition explicit, articulate form.
- The right to speak: every team member’s voice will be actively welcomed in discussions, meaning that opportunities to enter the conversation will be offered and space to communicate without interruption will be protected.
- The right to be fully understood: every team member can expect active listening from teammates, which means they will be heard out and interpreted until full comprehension is accomplished.