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WEEK 7: Design Principles

Throughout these last 8 weeks, I have learned quite a bit about basic team work, the overall design process & its pitfalls at every turn. Experiencing the confusiasm again throughout the project always gave me a reason to keep trying to clear things up. This is an obstacle I have learned from, and now know that the energy & attitude we all bring to the team is very important. In order to keep a good vibration within the team, there is a need for some rules, or in some cases principles.

I think its important that everyone brings the same amount of motivation & energy to the table. 

Everyone’s ideas & opinions should be taken into consideration during the entire process. That is what i consider open design. 

Everyone has their skills & weaknesses, that should be considered when assigning jobs & tasks. There should be a trade-off between the quality of work, and the time invested. 

These are 3 aspects of the design process I learned in these 8 weeks. Beyond and over that, there are some more principles I think are important in design.

Form should support Function

It should be intuitive & simple to use.

The energy needed to use the product or service, should correspond to the value you get out of it. A good bike, runs smoothly, and requires less energy, where a old, rusty bike would require energy to fix & maintain before able to use. 

To finish, I would like to emphasize on the idea that we are all creators, and just need to apply ourselves properly.  When we bring our motivation on the table, or we work as a team, and feel like we are part of something, ideas come naturally, the whole process becomes fun, and we improve ourselves as we go along this process, without much effort. 

"Where there is a will, there is a way" anonymous

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Maurice's IDE Reflection
2 comments on “WEEK 7: Design Principles
  1. Nancy White says:

    Hi Maurice

    Sorry for the very late response. I am finally taking time to read everyone’s final post. I just wanted to say that I appreciate your noticing the importance of ENERGY, something that is often under-appreciated.

    Keep creating!


  2. Laura says:

    Wonderful last post! You’ve reflected on the group process and the project teamwork giving tips for a better workmanship. It would be fantastic if we can also find the clue to inspire everyone to do what you suggest… it did seem more like you found that clue towards the end!

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  • Nancy White { Fun visuals! And right to the point. I think you are practicing your design principles! 🙂 Thanks for being part of Project Community Nancy } – Dec 18, 5:52 AM
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