A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE CONSEQUENCES

13 GUIDELINES OVERLOOKED BY NEW ID STUDENTS

A new Industrial Design student may hear repeated reminders to apply the basic design thinking skills he or she has been taught. But, it is an easy thing to overlook guidelines when the repercussions are not clear, or not considered by the student to be particularly consequential. In this consideration, thirteen design practices often undervalued by new ID students are examined along with the reasons to observe them.

Identifying and documenting design opportunities
Seeking multiple solutions to design problems
Sketching what the mind sees
Organizing one’s work
Recognizing the flow of the design process
Expressing ideas with confidence
Sketching to discover
Researching what exists
Becoming the user
Translating an idea into 3-D
Understanding how and why it works
Telling a good story
Presenting oneself as a professional

  1. IDENTIFYING AND DOCUMENTING DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES

The ability of a designer to recognize a problem when he sees it is a skill of unmatched value. By observing the challenges of others, the design student is gifted with a valid problem to (...read more)

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