Discovery may be the most important and most overlooked phase of a project. It’s during this phase we uncover the specific needs the product or project has to meet. But, “I already know the needs my product will meet.” This mindset is primarily responsible for projects that skip past discovery and move directly into definition. The definition phase establishes the foundational evidence to be used to inform the decisions that will be made in the definition phase. Without the discovery phase, the definition phase will be based on questionable evidence. Talk to your users early to avoid re-work later. Learn more
Definition: Experience Design
Our unique approach uses the definition phase for experience design, separating graphic design into a separate phase. Experience design can be different depending on the nature of the product, the maturity of the product, and the team. Generally, we include categorization/taxonomy, user flows, low-fidelity prototypes (or wireframes), interaction design, and functional annotations; we can also include information design, personas/user profiles, journey maps, and detailed functional requirements. Learn more
Design, Develop & Deploy
2020 is the first year Hostile Sheep is officially offering complete support for the graphic design, software development, and product deployment phases of our projects. We’re still a specialty shop focused on research and experience design, we just feel like we’re extremely well positioned to guide a downstream team of specialists. Our clients asked for end-to-end services; one point of contact, one scope, one invoice. Thus, we compiled a trusted network of graphic design shops, software development shops, and product deployment shops to partner with us and meet our high standards and methods. Learn more
We brought Hostile Sheep in to help us move a stalled project forward. Another shop failed to deliver what we needed and it became clear that it wasn't going to happen. Jordan and his team came in, asked the right questions, and put the project back on the rails in two weeks.
Hostile Sheep is our goto user research partner. Every study we've commissioned with Hostile Sheep has returned actionable results we were able to implement immediately - as well as recommendations we're planning on implementing in future releases.
I am confident that what Hostile Sheep provided us with is what we needed to evolve the site into a stronger digital communications tool. I always learn something new which is something that I love!