With more than nine years of experience in Product Design, I separate my career into 3 phases:
I used to think of opening a Product Design course because many people requested, and I thought teaching was easy until I dug deep about it. Now I find that sharing experience and teaching are two very different things.
Whereas sharing experience involves recalling the past, teaching requires much more. In particular, knowledge must be accurate and tested through practices with many different contexts. …
I believe this is always a hard question for us — Designers. In most instances, design output is affected by the feeling of the reviewer. That’s why it’s harder to define a design that is good enough to send than cook a dish or sew an outfit.
Summary of experience after a few years working in the industry, I built a list of questions called:
and use it as a checklist to review designs before sending or presenting them to clients. These questions sorted by descending priority:
Design is all about storytelling in pictures. And just like every story needs a mood and tone, so should your design output. “What is the story you want to tell?” and “What the mood you want to set?” Ask yourself these questions to make sure the design output conveys that at first sight. …
A few years ago, I had an opportunity to work with an exciting startup in Vietnam. Since I like the idea and the people on the team so bad, when I knew my design rate was too high for them, I suggested I would design their entire products in exchange for 2% of the shares company (not diluted).
But they rejected my offer!
At that time, I thought that my offer was a suitable solution to build a cooperative relationship. So I felt a bit down when that startup team rejected, but I never asked them why they made such a decision. …