Today’s approach to product design is a patchwork of theories, frameworks and processes that is barely holding itself together. Many of these approaches hail from the software era of the 90s.
Now they are outdated and fail to address the varying and complex needs of the people who use the product and the needs of practitioners who produce the product.
A simple but elegant approach is needed to help designers think freely, critically and sometimes algorithmically about how a product should work, look and behave.
Especially as the complexity of devices, internet connections, languages and many other factors begin to compound we can no longer use singular, linear approaches like “human-centred design” or “lean UX” to think thoroughly about products.
How could design benefit from a simple and elegant approach to thinking about products? I think if done well it can help designers easily:
Many designers have been able to achieve what’s been mentioned above, but oftentimes it’s inefficient given what tools we have at our disposal. There has to be a better way. Here’s how we could approach product design:
Additionally, we would need to consider the following at the same time:
This is a simple proposition that’s open to iteration. I’m still thinking through these ideas, so feel free to chime in and let me know what you think.
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