The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Industrial Designers: Monday

Along the same lines and inspired by (containing no related content) the original, I like to present The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Industrial Designers. Through my time in the industry, I’ve noticed that there are a few attributes that noticed make very effective and efficient Industrial Designers. Interestingly enough these designers are great to work with!
Anyways, as it so happens that there are the same number of days in a week as there are habits, I’ve decided to do something different this time by splitting out this post over seven days. So each day I’ll try to post up the next habit for your dissection!
Also that by splitting out the post over seven days it does give you time to digest and reflect on each point as well as keeping it nice and bite size for all you busy designers.
Breakthrough by Scyza
1) Creative problem solving instead of problem creating
What? You might ask, are designers not supposed to be problem solvers? Well yes, most of the time with their design works, but strangely not with anything else. You might be surprised to know that there are quite a few designers out there that are creative problem creators instead. That’s right, they think of one thousand and one ways of why a design will not work, why a project will fail or how you cannot do something this way.
Positive thinking and looking for ways around things is the key. A designer’s power of problem solving in his design work, can be applied and should be applied in all aspects of work and life. Dealing with colleagues, getting ahead in your career, time management, personal finance, negotiation with vendors, project planning, even figuring out how to create a CAD surface, are all great examples or areas that creative problem solving can be applied.
Interestingly enough, you find that there will be a lot less whining and whinging, and work, projects and just life in general gets on a lot smoother for the designer and everyone else around him or her.
I do hope you enjoyed Monday’s entry; do head on over to Tuesday’s entry, for the next effective habit.

  • DT

    August 29, 2007 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Hi Asgeir,
    Nice to hear from you. The book is great, but a lot of it is common sense. I kinda just skimmed over the main points at the end of the day.
    This 7 habits are however inspired by, but not the same as the original.
    Thanks and please keep in touch.

  • Asgeir Hoem

    August 29, 2007 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Good job, DT. It’s been great following this series, and I’m looking forward to the rest! Is the book any good? I have had it for a while, but so far I haven’t buckled down.

  • daniel

    August 27, 2007 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Another question to ask by creative designer is to ask if it is a problem in the first place. Problem prevention is often the solution. Most of the time, we trying to solve a problem which in fact is a very minor problem but we think that it is important due to perfectionism.
    Perfectionism is the opposite of good = BAD.
    Which come to the point of focusing on particular design that give differential advantages. The simplicity of Ipod demonstrate that.

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