Design Systems Thinking Post 4 / by Jessica Clark

This article is about ways of thinking within design. The author here focusses on systematic approaches towards problem solving and design thinking. It walks us through research and how important it is in our design process. Research is the heart of design. It drives and backs meaning behind our design process. It also challenges the fact of visual communication relating to the problem at hand or message. I think sometimes it is easy for me to get carried away in the thick of design and forgetting about the goal. When people use design thinking they use stepping stones in their process. They practice the notion of try, fail, try again. This is a very powerful and relatable concept on a daily level as a creative. I find myself just taking risks only to fall on my face and redo the whole process. This is a beautiful part of design that I love. I think there are so many key lessons we can learn from failing. The process looks something like identifying the goals of the project at hand, defining the problem that you are trying to solve, have a phase of ideation or thinking creatively without bounds, try a bunch of stuff good or bad and then launch through the process of creating the final product that endured all the critique phases. With design thinking in mind, next systems thinking branches off of the idea of something being designs and has first and foremost the concerns of the long-lasting characteristics of the design. My design process usually consists of asking the question, studying the possible outcomes and creating a game pan to solve the problem presented. I felt this article touched on some important concepts towards the process of design systems that are very applicable in our daily lives as creatives.

Noble, Ian, and Russell Bestley. Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design. Lausanne: AVA, 2005. Print.