Today I learned: Design processes are not as simple as they seem.
We’ve read in class about Cooper’s Goal-Directed Design Process and a Pervasive Design Process, but today we tried to applying it to a hypothetical project in which we created a pizza-ordering app.
I though I had a good grasp on what to do. After all, we were only focusing on the research phase of the design: determining persona hypotheses and what to do for data collection and sampling. But it seemed that deciding on which method to employ wasn’t that obvious, nor which questions to ask.
I imagine that any part of the design process is done better with more practice. Books may describe what a designer has the options of doing and how to do it, but the designer may not completely grasp the extent of the method until actually applying it to a situation. Lesson learned.