13 September 201022
The Design Process: Do it your way
I’ve always longed to find a design process that just works, but I’ve never really found one.
There is much talk of the design process on the web, how one should start with brainstorming, then sketch some rough ideas before moving onto more solid wireframes and so on. I’ve never really followed these conventions. I used to tell people I did but I was lying. I felt stupid admitting the truth, which was – I didn’t really have a design process… at least not in a textbook kind of way and not one I ever repeated on a regular basis.
The truth is
There is no such thing as a textbook design process. Different projects require different approaches and different designers have different approaches. So, don’t ever think you’re doing it wrong or that you should really be following the rules that somebody else set out. If it works for you, then that’s fine.
The moral of the story
Design processes are interesting and we can learn a lot from each other by sharing them, but it’s really the outcome that matters. So, when it comes to finding a design process that works, I do it my way and you should do it yours.