Embracing Structure and Systems
Design, my friends, is where the magic of ideas truly comes to life. It’s not just about having good ideas; it’s about crafting them into amazing things with the power of structure and systems.
Now, there’s this misconception that systems stifle creativity and that true innovation requires breaking free from all structure. But let me tell you, that’s far from the truth. Systems are the backbone of design, the secret sauce that turns an idea into a masterpiece! They help us understand, experience, and bring ideas to life.
But here’s the catch: using structure and systems at the right times is the key to success. Throughout my career, I’ve worked with numerous designers and programmers, all brimming with good ideas. Yet, only a few managed to sustain those ideas through to the final launch. Why? Well, there are two main reasons.
First, many designers misunderstand the balance between ideas, structure, and systems. They often overestimate the time and effort required for idea generation and overlook the importance of systematization.
Second, integrating sub-structure and systems at the right stages is vital. It’s the comprehensive systematization of a thing that gives it strength, scalability, and elegance.
The Spark of Creativity (10%)
Now, let’s break down the idea-to-structure ratio. Idea generation takes about 10% of the effort in a design project. Yes, just 10%! The real magic lies in the remaining stages.
Creating the structure to support the ideas is the next 20%. It’s where we systematize the information architecture and commit to a layout without focusing too much on appearance.
Then comes the crucial part, integrating the sub-structure. This accounts for a whopping 40%! It involves designing system modules, considering taxonomies of information, and planning for content management systems.
The final visual system, the complete visual language, and pattern library that ties everything together, takes the next 20%. But remember, if the previous stages weren’t handled well, unnecessary distractions might creep in at this point.
Last but not least, the documentation of the visual system wraps up the final 10%. Proper structure and systems ensure that documentation is easier and more efficient.
So, the key takeaway is to systematize at every step! Designers, embrace the power of structure and systems. They’re your trusty tools to turn ideas into extraordinary realities.
The Finishing Touch for Flawless Design
Oh, and one more thing: feedback is your best friend! Don’t be afraid to share your work and get input from others. And when it comes to quality assurance, let’s leave it to the experts who follow rigorous and detailed systems to bring out the best in our creations.
So, let’s dance to the rhythm of structure and systems, my fellow designers! Embrace the magic they bring to your work, and you’ll create wonders beyond your imagination.