What Is the Design Process?
The process of design can be broken into four steps: brief, inspiration, compilation, review. Though there are many variations on this process from many designers, every designer goes through these essential steps.
The “brief” refers to a set of instructions or information given by the prospective client. This could be anything from color ideas to company policies, to photographs of the team. You want to have as complete of a design brief as possible. The tools in your brief will allow you to move on to generating possible solutions.
Inspiration, research, information gathering, etc, is the next step to completing your design process. This involves looking at examples of sites you like, asking your client to come up with examples, getting inspiration from other places, and so on and so forth. Once you’ve gathered all of your resource material, you can move on to creating the actual design.
Compilation is the process of putting all of your materials together into a product. This is the actual designing part of the design process. Throughout the compiling stage, you’ll be communicating with your client, making changes, seeing what does and doesn’t work, and sometimes making compromises. This is the most difficult step.
The review stage is when you decide whether or not the design is good enough, and then send it to the client. This could mean celebrating success, or going back and making more changes. The review is the final process of the design process.
What is your design process? How do you go from concept to completion?