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How To Organize Your Design Ideas

Organizing ideas in a coherent form is the final product design process, even though the organization process begins with the first steps. Often, you have to give order and structure to the information, not just form.  The information about the design must be interpreted and sometime clients have very few ideas about what they need: they expect a problem analisys and a solution from the designer. You should remember that the number of ways in which the same problem can be solved equals the number of designers. Your task is to choose the solution that is most appropriate. This decision making is not subjective, but comes from an informed analysis.

Research

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Research can consume a lot of time, so do not forget that there must be an end point from which to begin to generate visual concept. When you are about to understand the problem, apply the acquired knowledge to make it to the next stage.

Visualization of the original ideas

Remember that hand-drawn ideas may be vague and can leave much room for imagination, which is a good thing.  Don’t enter details in the drawings and in this way will leave options open. Designers use “thumbnails” to refine ideas, which are usually generated on a a block notes; computer-made thumbnails tends to be too fixed and “polished” and will not be willing to modify them or look them critically. One way to get a thumbnail have the final size is to use to make photocopies to the desired size . The types of characters and scale measures can be elastic decisions. On the PC, they can be easily changed and can have priority decisions.

Criticism and evaluation

Search constructive criticism, but be careful who you consult. Although it can be frustrating to hear how your work is “dissolved” , criticism is an essential contribution to the process of creation. Don’t work blindfolded. Many times we get too close to the potential solution and we have to retreat a step to reassess what we are trying to achieve.

An error is an attempt to introduce too many ideas into one project – select the one best suited for that project. There will always be other projects for other ideas. Remember that few ideas are inherently weak – the problem is how they are executed.

Time Charts

Enforce your terms; for convenience, draw up a schematic diagram to identify the probable duration of the stages of the process. If you are working on a project where there are multiple applications, you must not neglect this issue. For longer projects can be one week deadline (for example, interim presentations for clients), while the shorter projects may be about two times a day. One way to organize ideas sequentially is to write everything on post-it  and then sort things logically. If there`s a small task, the time chart can be a simple list of handwritten terms but if you work with a customer, it is important to send him a printed one. For more complex projects, you should really use worksheets.

Storyboard

Storyboard aims to record sufficient details of the visual concept so the designer can start directly from it to design the product details. For example, web site plans show the way that pages link to other pages in a logical order; before designing the page layout is important to define the structure.

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Storyboard software used to design individual pages or sequences before the  web designer comes in.  As in multimedia design, storyboards are also commonly used in making movies, comics or TV commercials. It contains a sketch of the visual appearance of the display of information that will be present, descriptions of animations, sounds and other media interactions.

Bogdan

Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.