Design Fixed All My Disasters

The perfect user-centered approach in problem solving. [3 Min Read]

LACMA Museum; Los Angeles, CA — 2/25/2017 [via @dollsmastermind Snapchat ]

I’ve always been a huge advocate of DIY projects. However, I re-framed it in my mind to be “Design It Yourself” instead of “Do it yourself.” Because I’m such a damn rebel and I dance to the own beat of my drum. [ insert sassy hair flip here ]

On a more serious note: We are all capable of being the best designers in the world like one of the greatest — Steve Jobs himself. Designing helps us focus on finding the best solutions to any problem.

“Designing helps us focus on finding the best solutions to any problem.”

Anyone who actually cares, even the slightest bit; about design understands that all of this groundwork is what sets any company up for massive success. The fine details at the architecture’s foundation has to be neat, clean and orderly with such precise detail to attention that leaves a lasting impression. Not many organizations are willing to put in that work early in then continue to carry that caliber onward.

I’ve come to the deep realization that starting a business needs comprehensive designing. This bulletproof lesson has been learned through an endurance of combined experience, testing and protoyping. In order to ensure that the UX encounters the most desirable qualities, the highest forms of qualities must be implemented.

Shit can’t be cutting edge if there’s nothing sharp about your product.

(^Damn that one liner was so good, I might turn that into a viral meme^)

And the way to sharpen any tool is spending tons of prep time. What’s that thing that Abraham Lincoln said? Something across the lines of “Give me 6 hours to cut down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe.

Design is just that. Sharpening and preparing for the way your company should work before going all out warfare into the marketplace. I used to go into businesses and client projects with very little prep time thinking that I cheated the concept of time. When in reality, what needed to be done was prepare things well in advance; so that they outperform situations that had very little prep. Preparation is critical when it comes to working smart. It helps narrow down whether something is actually even worth doing. Spending time to see if your project is feasible will ultimately give you a bigger return on your investment.

That’s what we all aim towards — bigger returns, baby. Bigger. Returns.

It avoids future pitfalls.

Design has really taught me that I shouldn’t prepare just for future projects; but to keep on building upon my skillset and knowledge. To keep on learning, designing, sketching, journaling, listening, growing and adapting to ever-changing markets. This way, when you have created more opportunities for your business — you’re ready to grab that bad boy and take it for a spin!

Bottomline: design makes things intuitively obvious.