Be nice. Or else.
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Hey Ed! Thanks for the good words. Just noticed your reply 8-months later :)
This post was inspired by Ed Fairman's question: "What's your process before starting a project?" https://www.designernews.co/users/13126/ed-fairman
I've always been keen to processes that lead to successful outcomes. I've been tweaking and improving this process since college / and here I am some 17-years later.
Hope it resonates with you. Would love to hear your thoughts.
Hey Ed / I actually wrote an entire article on this. Felt inspired by your question and I've been itching to showcase my process, how I do it: https://vavingo.com/work-better/13-lucky-steps-on-how-to-manage-a-design-project
Would love to hear your thoughts!
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Here it is Brittany > Minute 3:10
Believe it or not, for me it's always been someone that doesn't believe in the project and cannot articulate their thoughts on what we can do better!
Saying "This will not work" without providing an alternative/context is a motivation killer for everyone in the team.
Something I absolutely love is when someone says "This won't work! Here is how: a, b, c — agree?" — These are great people to have around.
I love that!
Very true Ichik! / It's definitely a process that you can't really define in rigid steps / In a sense, there is always one solution, no matter how many it takes to that one single best (regardless of how many you present)
Granted, that was Paul Rand talking. A legendary designer with an out-of-this-world track record. But, what about us, mere mortals... how do we handle these situations? Are you pressured by a "design committee" to present 3 options, because "that's what the management is expecting"? or do you stick to your guns and convince the client that 1 solution policy is what makes a project successful?
A great question, that is usually overlooked.
It definitely depends on the project/client, but all of us have a set "method to our madness".
Earlier in my career I would tend to talk way to much in the kick-off meeting about possible outcomes, right there and then. I don't do that anymore, because you can't possibly know (not yet) what needs to get done & you don't have to show that you're capable (the reason I would babble in the early days). The client has picked you already (considering the project is a go).
Be nice. Or else.
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