My Design Process

Understanding my design process

Research allows me to discover things I never knew and bring new perspectives on that which I thought I understood. With a wide variety of research methodologies, I aim to ask the right questions and keep an open eye during observation. Creating the right dialogue with a user can lead to amazing insights.

Research

What do I do once I have my research? I begin to understand and analyze it. My process involves taking large amounts of data and synthesizing them into meaningful design insights. These insights help direct the path in which my design follows. This is normally an iterative process.

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Concepting begins once a design direction is selected. This is generally when I can get my hands moving by constantly sketching and creating quick behavioral prototypes. Once a design takes shape, iteration can begin.

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Iteration is when the kinks and details are ironed out. Fully understanding how the design will be integrated into a system and what changes that might entail. This is also when the design still has room to change, but in much more granular way.

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Once a project meets a dead-line, grab a drink with your team. It is always important to reflect with yourself and your team to discuss the work that you have done. Understand where you struggled, and why. Being able to talk openly with a group and develop a socratic atmosphere for reflective discussion is key for a group who wants to be open to critique.

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My Methods Toolbelt

Methods utilized during design process

Interactive Wireframe
Participatory Design
Paper Prototyping
Concept Mapping
Affinity Diagrams
Ideation
Contextual Inquiry
Usability Testing
Storyboarding
Interface Design
Ethnography
Interviews
Photography
Wireframing
Sketching
Scenarios
Personas
Surveys