We Need to Constantly Challenge our Design Processes
As designers, we all have processes, systems and tools that we use day in and day out. Each one employed to solve a specific problem in a specific way. As we attempt to automate our design process and optimize our methods we invariably realize that our answers are becoming more and more generic—formulaic, if you will.
As we utilize frameworks and design patterns to help us move faster, we are accepting that a certain level of our design decisions have already been made for us. And in the process, we begin to bypass the moments that, while often frustrating, lead to incredible discovery or innovation.
We tend to try and automate everything in our lives so that we can achieve more, faster. However, the power of design is its ability to make the inanimate more human. This is not something that happens when design becomes a checklist, a process or a formula. Inevitably, as the designer yields to the design system, we find ourselves faced with products that don’t emotionally resonate with us as human beings.
This is why a Design (Thinking) Process should not be taught in rote. Not only that, this is also why you need to be “doing” design, so that you can learn to walk-through or challenge your process differently each time.
Indeed, the best designers know that every design solution will have a different process required to get there. The trick is structuring this process well, which fortunately gets easier as you age.