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Design is a reflective practice between the designer and her design materials

“As designers, we think through doing. Design is a reflective practice between the designer and her design materials. When you sketch something and commit it to paper, it moves from being an abstract thought to something that is more concrete and real. Perceiving this concreteness, in turn, influences your thinking, leading to new questions that spawn new ideas… It is the act of creating these design artifacts, rather than the artifacts themselves, that is the most valuable aspect of the design process.” – Dane Petersen

This quote is from Dane’s Adaptive Path blog article “Entering a design project mid-stream? Sometimes, you just paddle.”

Sketches are an effective modeling process for designers and lead to better design

“Because sketches are faster, require less overhead, and by their nature are perceived to be less ‘done,’ they are better suited to the task-artifact cycle of design exploration. They should be considered an effective modeling process for designers to be able to conceive and predict the consequences of certain design arguments during the design ideation phase and subsequently leading to better design.” – Will Evans

Read more in Will’s article “Shades of Grey: Thoughts on Sketching.”

We must re-think our design process to become melting pots of ideas, perspectives and skills

“Now more than ever in increasingly complex, transient times, the need for holistic experiences is vital… To approach such design as a ‘whole’ – we need to understand the varying concepts of time and data through the perspectives of cohabitants, technology and business interests alike… We must constantly re-think our process to become melting pots of ideas, perspectives and skills that not only drill deep, but also wide.” – Rahul Sen

Read more in Rahul’s Johnny Holland article “From whole to hole: a recipe for a holistic design process.”

Designers exist to come in, assess what has been failing, and offer up solutions for the future

“The entire profession of design is one rooted in failure, for without it there would be no need for designers. Designers exist to come in, assess what has been failing, and offer up solutions for the future. Even the process of creating that solution is made up of a variety of failures that lead the designer to a single golden idea. The more we design, the more failures we are exposed to, and the better our work becomes in the future for having learned what not to do.” - Brad Nunnally

“The entire profession of design is one rooted in failure, for without it there would be no need for designers. Designers exist to come in, assess what has been failing, and offer up solutions for the future. Even the process of creating that solution is made up of a variety of failures that lead the designer to a single golden idea. The more we design, the more failures we are exposed to, and the better our work becomes in the future for having learned what not to do.” – Brad Nunnally

This quote is from Brad’s article “Designers: Dare to Fail.”