As designers we are constantly fed new ideas of what the ideal design process is or should be. Countless frameworks tell us that if we just go about the business of creativity in a certain way then our designs are sure to be successful. In reality I’m sure we all know that there probably is no secret formula; no one-size-fits-all solution. That said, learning how others work can give us access to alternative ways of thinking that we can tap into when […]
As design students, still learning our craft, we seldom get the opportunity to see our ideas taken through to implementation. As such, it can be difficult for us to fully understand the close relationship between engineering and design, and the need for engineers and designers to collaborate to produce achievable and successful products. This article discusses the importance of integrating design and engineering, arguing that “When design is seen as a satellite that orbits engineering, it usually comes crashing back to […]
Sketching is probably one of the most important tools that designers have at our disposal. The moment we start dreaming up ideas for a new brief, the pencil is often the first thing we reach for. Drawings are also an invaluable means of making our ideas understood by others and starting those all important conversations that help us work from loose ideas towards refined finished products. If you’re interested in finding out more about the role of sketching in the design process, check […]
Facebook’s Head of Product Design Luke Woods recently shared what he’s learnt from working at Facebook on Q&A website Quora.com. Woods offered 3 key tips: Be bold Data improves design Products are never finished The prominent designer also offered this insight from working with young designers: “Young designers may be less aware of their own limits, what energizes them vs. what saps their energy and when to push for things vs. when to let go. I think it is important […]
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Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting reminders of some of the great design resources you can find on our links page beginning today with themethodcase.com As well as showcasing inspiring design work, The Method Case posts include descriptions of the methods and processes that go into the designs. Many of the designs featured show how innovation can result from challenging established practices and engaging in creative experimentation. Check out this post to see how an industrial design […]
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Manufacturing methods can essentially be divided into two categories: additive and subtractive. Subtractive methods include any process in which material is removed to product the desired form (e.g. milling, craving, cutting), whereas additive processes (e.g. 3D printing) involve adding material. Knowing which methods to use for the task at hand is a vital part of good design. The decision of whether to use additive or subtractive manufacturing is influenced by a number of factors including materials, part quantity, and part […]
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Very interesting article from John Maeda explaining how money provides room to experience and explore, “Quite useful actually” Maeda discussed the way design’s role in business has changed over recent years. “Design is something you usually add at the very end,” he noted. “You put the lipstick on the proverbial pig.” The reason, typically, is that “design is very costly. But as more and more companies are discovering, you put design in from the beginning, you get a better product. […]
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Check out this quirky blog by Grant Snider, posting incidental comics. This one comic strip about ideas is something to always keep in mind when exploring opportunities through ideation. Some great messages. Check out the blog by clicking here.
IDEO has released their next generation of HCD Connect, called Design Kit. This free kit is a full set of design tools, methods and cases studies to support and increase the level of human-centered design internationally. It explains the mindset of designers, and the philosophy required to design with a human-centered approach through a set of interviews with Tim Brown, Krista Donaldson, David Kelley, Emi Kolawole, Patrice Martin, John Bielenberg and Gaby Brink. All of these great people hold a […]
Needing a good reference for Design Thinking? Check out this article Design Thinking: Past, Present and Possible Futures by Ulla Johansson-Sköldberg, Jill Woodilla and Mehves Çetinkaya Always good to have for future reference.