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#1 Nov 19 2003 at 1:08 PM Rating: Default
The Design process

For individuals who are neither designers nor artists, it may seem like those who are, use a lot of smoke and mirrors,. Magically whipping up each stunning creation. Artistic talent and creativity can certainly aid and enhance the final result, but design, in particular, generally follows a process. Each Designer or design group- Develops a method for solving problems, then evolves that method over time while no one person or group may view a problem from the same perspective, general similarities often appear in their approach.

1. Question
The First step in the design process is to understand the purpose or intent do the creative concept. Therefore the first step is to ask the client preliminary questions. Who? What? Where? Why? How? You need to find out everything to size and limitations to time lines and costs; from how the product is to be designed to who it is designed for.

2.Reasearch & discovery
Jumping into any design project before examining the problem is task at hand might spin the wheels, but wont get you very far. Any project, no matter how big or small, can benefit from research and planning before the work begins. Design is no exception, if discovery begins before the exploration commences. The probability of finding a successful direction for the projects only increases. This research may involve the library, media and professional experts to find out if and how other ideas have been used, and to find, and to expand the designer’s information and reasoning. The amount of time Spent on this phase is usually proportional to the overall scope and planned duration-of the project.

3. Competitive Analysis
Another helpful task in the process involves looking at per-existing ideas and executions created by peers, mentors, hero’s and or competitors. Competitive analysis identifies the strengths and weaknesses of those existing designs. It can reveal gaps, which still need to be filled, and shortcomings, which should be met. The ability to study what others have designed for the same (or similar) problems lends a sizeable advantage, since a great deal can be learned from their successes and failures.
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