“How not to design”
During the design theory seminars, numerous interesting topics, perspectives, research methods and design processes were uncovered. The below extract from Kees Dorst – Understanding Design (2003) was fascinating to me and moreover, for the first time, I saw mistakes I did through trial-and-error written down and discussed.
• Always cling to your first idea.
• Jump into the details immediately.
• Solve one aspect of the problem first.
• Ignore a stakeholder, preferably a vital one.
• First design the form, then see how it should work.
• Promise too much to the client.
• Don’t listen to your client, lie to him if necessary.
• Be inflexible in your ideas and approach.
• Try to surprise your client with a completed design.
• Ignore tests that say the design might be below par
• Wait for inspiration.
• Stay ‘fresh’ by not gathering information.
• Do not plan (because that takes too much time)
Click the image on the right to see my analysis of other articles in the seminar.
Artwork by The office of creative research spotlight (Noa Younse)