Design Process: The Vicious Creative Circle

 diaLOGs | Design Process: The Vicious Creative Circle

The design process is a focused activity aimed at formulating a plan for altering an existing situation into a more favoured one.

1   initiation: identifying a problem…

2   preparation: collecting and analysing relevant information…

→ conceive to form an idea or conception in the mind.

→ contrive to form an artistic or ingenious manner.

→ devise to form in the mind by new combinations or applications of existing ideas or principles.

3   synthesis: finding constraints and opportunities…

→ analysis is the separating of a whole into its component parts or elements, specifically as a method of studying the nature of the whole and determining its essential features and their relations.

4   hypothesis: formulating a tentative assumption…

5   alternative: one of the courses of action to be chosen…

→ develop | work out, expand, or realise the possibilities of so as to bring gradually to an effective state.

modify | to change the form, character, or qualities of in order to give a new orientation to or more advanced or effective state

refine | to improve or elaborate in order to make more fine or precise

inflection | a bend, angle, or similar change in the shape of a configuration, by means of which a change of relationship to some context or condition is indicated

transformation | the process of changing in form or structure through a series of discrete permutations and manipulations in response to a specific context or set of conditions without a loss of identify or concept

6   draft: preliminary version of a design…

simulate is to create a likeness or model of something anticipated for testing and evaluation.

model | a miniature representation, usually built to scale, to show the appearance or construction of something.

mock-up | a full-sized model of a building or structure, built accurately to scale for study, testing, or teaching.

test | to subject a system or process to such conditions or operations as will lead to a critical evaluation of abilities or performance and subsequent acceptance or rejection.

7   evaluation: simulating, testing, and modifying alternatives…

evaluate | to ascertain or assess the significance, worth, or quality of, usually by careful appraisal and study

criterion | a standard, rule, or principle on which a judgment or decision may be based.

datum | an assumed, given, or otherwise determined fact or proposition from which conclusions may be drawn or decisions made.

feedback | the step to evaluate information about a process prompting a return to a preceding phase for alteration or correction.

8   action: selecting and implementing the best suitable solution…

→  select | to choose from a number of alternatives by fitness or preference.

→  judgement | the mental ability to perceive distinctions, comprehend relationships, or distinguish alternatives.

function | the natural or proper action for which something is designed, used, or exists.

purpose | the reason for which something exists or is done, made, or used.

amenity | any feature that provides or Increases comfort, convenience, or pleasure.

economy | the careful, thrifty, and efficient use and management of resources.

9   implement: to ensure the accomplishment of a definite procedure…

communicate | to express, convey, or Interchange ideas, Information, or the like by writing, speaking, or through a common system of signs or symbols, particularly in a way that is clearly and readily understood.

proposal | the offering of a plan for consideration, acceptance, or action.

10  re-evaluation: assessing how well an implemented solution satisfies the specific criteria…

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