Note: This is Part 2 of the Ruminations for Aspiring Designers series.
Collections of tools, methods and techniques are just a bag of tricks. They don’t represent the design expertise.
Most veteran designers have bags of tricks, and they also have:
- diverse work experiences
- wide range of domain knowledge accumulated along the way
- a personal pattern language of design
- a unique habit of learning
- creative drives of curiosity, analysis and synthesis
In other words, the bag of tricks is the easiest part of the design expertise.
It’s tempting to think that a design process is the core part of design, while the truth is that any design process is an unfortunate myth.
Just like empathy, design process is just a very useful design trick.
Acquiring design expertise takes time.