The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design - My Thoughts.


    Reading the first couple of pages, I got an idea of how coming up with a design starts with a designer having a strong connection and insight to the problem at hand. Not just a glance at the problem, but an in depth view of all the things going on to allow for this problem to arise in the first place, and how the designer, through empathizing with those who are affected by the problem, can find a way to solve the situation. There is no one way ticket to the finish line of a perfect product. Coming up with a solution is something temporary. A solution is constantly reflected on in order to find flaws or ways to improve through gradual modifications and sometimes taking a different path completely. Human Centered Design is trying to convey that perfect design is something that does not come easy. 

    It takes a process, it takes failure, it takes success, it takes insight, it takes optimism and most importantly, it takes confidence. Because being a designer who lacks the characteristic to stand up to a problem, face it, work hard to over come the challenges is a designer who is going to achieve a weak outcome. Maybe in the past, a designer who could come up with something simple and efficient to satisfy short term needs was all it took to be successful. However today, we are thirsty for designers who are able to fail, and create something more amazing at the second, third, fourth, or fifth try. Because this process is experience and designers gain from any sort of experience. Wether this experience has been positive or negative, reflecting on the past and innovating for something more successful in the future is the way designers can improve and come up with a design that can satisfy the needs of the problem. More importantly, designing to eliminate problems that we are currently expecting in our future.