Creating a design process

An essential part of each design project (both academic and professional), is the managing of the design process. In order to lead a process from initiation to completion, a designer must have insight into the planned progress of all project phases. The designer must be able to anticipate how much time is needed to complete a project, how extensive/complex the project will be, whether external parties will need to be involved and what could be the difficulties in the project.

When preparing a design process, you need to be able to anticipate how much time you will spend on each design phase to complete your project on time.

How much time will you spend on theoretical and visual research (empathize), analyzing and drawing conclusions (define), sketching and visual experiments (ideate), developing sketches (prototype), testing prototypes (test), and finally complete the project (implement)?

You must also consider unexpected circumstances – perhaps you will need to test your project once more or repeat one or more of the design phases.

Student assignment:
Design your own design process for the project with reference to the five steps of the design thinking method. Make clear what you will do during each phase and what the purpose of each phase is. Try to imagine your project and be specific. Approach the creation of your design process as a design project and make it visual. Your design process does not have to be linear, but can have a form that fits your project and your own way of working.