Tim Brown (2009) provided a few more cognitive frameworks for my tool belt:
- Divergent thinking
- generate lots of possibilities;
- Convergent thinking
- make decisions to choose from possibilities generated.
To create design products of value, they should be:
- desirable; and
And the best way to test if a product would work is to build prototypes.
The three attributes above can have competing demands on a design. As a designer, I must learn to hold contradictions in my mind. For example two competing ideas that could give birth to a third way that solves a paradox.
As Chris Bowman said I should learn the language of polarities because design involves organic, non-linear, and complex processes. As an interdisciplinary practice, design asks me to collaborate with other people. Not only with designers but also practitioners from other disciplines.