Design fluency

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Writing, like design, is a process of refinement. Last month I wrote about design fluency and prototyping for 24 Ways. In this article I suggest using Keynote for lightweight and quick prototypes.

The tool doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re constantly questioning, refining, iterating. There’ll be many inputs, including your intellect and experience as a designer, colleagues’ input, client’s input, and users’ input. The trick is to remain focused through all of this material. And iterate.

It’s comforting to remember that few designers reach an groundbreaking and elegant solution on first try. (First thought, first sketch, first whatever.) Elegance is reached by iteration, and by discarding solutions that aren’t good enough. Prototyping is part of this process and makes it fun.

“I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.”