Debunking The Myth of Design (Thinking) Process

“The correct regulative principle for anything depends on the nature of that thing.” —John Rawls Design Process is Not a Process The biggest misconception about design process is perhaps that we interpret it too literally. Design process is not a “process” per se. The act of designing doesn’t have a universal “process”. It’s highly coupled…

What Design Thinking Is NOT

The polymorphic nature of the concept makes it easier to understand what it’s not than to see what exactly it is.

The Myth of Telling Stories About Innovators

Just finished reading The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson. The author is surely a very good storyteller, and when stories are told brilliantly well, they become more than stories. The primary premise, it seems, is that no single person instantiates a series of happenings…

The Myth of Good Designers

ABSTRACT There’s a ridiculous myth about good designers: they can deliver higher quality work faster. That’s simply NOT true when it comes to design. This post originated from a discussion between a friend and me about designers and the “design field scene” in China. I wonder whether the same or similar issue exists in all…