What’s my design process and revealing some truths

Honestly, the theoretical design process is hard to follow in the design and it is barely individual can able to follow it. Everyone has their own design process, so do I. Lots of designers come across certain questions. What is the design process? What exactly does the process consist of? So, I will be sharing everything and in my opinion why is it good to have own process. Let’s get started! What is the design thinking process? It is steps carried out by every designer to solve a particular problem. Tackling complex problems that are ill-defined or unknown, by understanding the human needs involved, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways, What exactly process consist of? The standard design thinking process that exists: goal discovering, defining, ideating, iterating, and testing. Most of the person follow this standard process, but eventually, it is noticed that they have been restricted to explore more. I would be sharing what exactly I do follow while designing any product First of all, it depends on what is it in 2 following cases, whether that is: Redesigning of the product Building the product from scratch Redesigning of a product Well, then I would first look into What are the problems users face in it? User interviews and collect all the feedback from the users Document it a nicer way, so that, it will be helpful while creating the screens. Make the user journey as it will try to understand and may even look for competitors what they are trying to achieve(Conditional) Look for inspiration, based on that build the Styleguide and Moodboard Wireframe (Sketch->High-Fidility) Prototyping to understand the product is working properly or not, and whether it is fulfilling the goal. Usability testing with users I forgot to mention this, I always iterate in the middles, until and unless it fulfills I don’t proceed Building a product from scratch In this, there are following things depend: Firstly, I do surveys Takes extensive interview which will make me understand what are the things it will serve and how vital it is Document down by creating storyboarding(depends)and user journey, this makes me understand how a user will be exploring the product Look for inspiration, based on that build the Styleguide and Moodboard Wireframe (Sketch->High-Fidility) Prototyping to understand the product is working properly or not, and whether it is fulfilling all the goals. Usability testing with same users Also, iterations will be there based upon every step. Well, these are my above steps, but it is totally depending upon the product which you will be working. I want to share some truths We learn about process and we think about process. We get advice to show our process in interviews and through case studies in our portfolios. Maybe not for everyone. Maybe some individuals and teams strictly adhere to a theoritical design process. Maybe they have the freedom to do that on every project. Maybe the outputs are consistently great. Maybe they love process, and process loves them back. In my experience, it’s just not that simple. And it seems I’m not alone.  — @DannPetty Design process is subjective The reality is that there is no definitive process. The 4, 5, 6, 7,8,12 steps to design process. Maybe 3 steps work better. Maybe 30. You never know. There’s no holy process that’s carved in a stone panel somewhere. And the world wont fall apart if you intentionally skip something you’re “supposed” to do, by desire or necessity. Whatever way process is bent, twisted, moulded, or manipulated, it’s all gonna be ok. This is real life after all. 2. Truth — Design process is iterative We used to talk a lot about iterations, but do we thought about to improve our process by iterations? Design process can and should be continuously improved upon throughout a designer’s career. If there is any product we design, build and shipped which also need refinement we improved too. And also, what if we found out another shortest way in the process to make the way in shortest way that's convenient. We pick it and keep going. 3. Design process is personal Every human being looks different, so does have different taste and habits. Same design is too. Your design is what you trust and believe. What your process is personal thing which does not any restrictions. Later on it will not make which you do not trust and for which apologies for. Maintain that structure and follow it. Also, be self aware and honest when it’s not working too. 4. Design process is marketing tool It shows who you as designer. It does help job seekers to understand what process does you follow, so that it will help them to take decisive actions. Even it works for teams/organizations who shows it based upon it many designers shows interest to work under them. As the reason they follow certain standard while designing something. It leads to help them learn quickly if they works them. So make use of process as a tool for you to do the work, but also for others to u

What’s my design process and revealing some truths

Honestly, the theoretical design process is hard to follow in the design and it is barely individual can able to follow it. Everyone has their own design process, so do I. Lots of designers come across certain questions.

  1. What is the design process?
  2. What exactly does the process consist of?

So, I will be sharing everything and in my opinion why is it good to have own process.

Let’s get started!

What is the design thinking process?

It is steps carried out by every designer to solve a particular problem. Tackling complex problems that are ill-defined or unknown, by understanding the human needs involved, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways,

What exactly process consist of?

The standard design thinking process that exists: goal discovering, defining, ideating, iterating, and testing.

Most of the person follow this standard process, but eventually, it is noticed that they have been restricted to explore more.

I would be sharing what exactly I do follow while designing any product

First of all, it depends on what is it in 2 following cases, whether that is:

  1. Redesigning of the product
  2. Building the product from scratch

Redesigning of a product

Well, then I would first look into

  1. What are the problems users face in it?
  2. User interviews and collect all the feedback from the users
  3. Document it a nicer way, so that, it will be helpful while creating the screens.
  4. Make the user journey as it will try to understand and may even look for competitors what they are trying to achieve(Conditional)
  5. Look for inspiration, based on that build the Styleguide and Moodboard
  6. Wireframe (Sketch->High-Fidility)
  7. Prototyping to understand the product is working properly or not, and whether it is fulfilling the goal.
  8. Usability testing with users
  9. I forgot to mention this, I always iterate in the middles, until and unless it fulfills I don’t proceed

Building a product from scratch

In this, there are following things depend:

  1. Firstly, I do surveys
  2. Takes extensive interview which will make me understand what are the things it will serve and how vital it is
  3. Document down by creating storyboarding(depends)and user journey, this makes me understand how a user will be exploring the product
  4. Look for inspiration, based on that build the Styleguide and Moodboard
  5. Wireframe (Sketch->High-Fidility)
  6. Prototyping to understand the product is working properly or not, and whether it is fulfilling all the goals.
  7. Usability testing with same users
  8. Also, iterations will be there based upon every step.

Well, these are my above steps, but it is totally depending upon the product which you will be working.

I want to share some truths

We learn about process and we think about process. We get advice to show our process in interviews and through case studies in our portfolios.

Maybe not for everyone. Maybe some individuals and teams strictly adhere to a theoritical design process. Maybe they have the freedom to do that on every project. Maybe the outputs are consistently great. Maybe they love process, and process loves them back.

In my experience, it’s just not that simple. And it seems I’m not alone.

  1. Design process is subjective

The reality is that there is no definitive process. The 4, 5, 6, 7,8,12 steps to design process. Maybe 3 steps work better. Maybe 30. You never know.

There’s no holy process that’s carved in a stone panel somewhere. And the world wont fall apart if you intentionally skip something you’re “supposed” to do, by desire or necessity.

Whatever way process is bent, twisted, moulded, or manipulated, it’s all gonna be ok. This is real life after all.

2. Truth — Design process is iterative

We used to talk a lot about iterations, but do we thought about to improve our process by iterations?

Design process can and should be continuously improved upon throughout a designer’s career. If there is any product we design, build and shipped which also need refinement we improved too. And also, what if we found out another shortest way in the process to make the way in shortest way that's convenient. We pick it and keep going.

3. Design process is personal

Every human being looks different, so does have different taste and habits. Same design is too. Your design is what you trust and believe.

What your process is personal thing which does not any restrictions. Later on it will not make which you do not trust and for which apologies for. Maintain that structure and follow it. Also, be self aware and honest when it’s not working too.

4. Design process is marketing tool

It shows who you as designer. It does help job seekers to understand what process does you follow, so that it will help them to take decisive actions.

Even it works for teams/organizations who shows it based upon it many designers shows interest to work under them. As the reason they follow certain standard while designing something. It leads to help them learn quickly if they works them.

So make use of process as a tool for you to do the work, but also for others to understand what you believe matters.

Now your turn. What do you think about design process? How has it played out for you in real-world design settings? Looking forward to hearing about your experiences.

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