Great design requires discomfort. Embrace it.

High quality design requires mental toughness.
If you want to find a great design solution for a problem, you need to be at peace with not having any solution at all. At least for a little while…

Daniel Kerris
Jul 14, 2015 · 6 min read

1. Expand your problem-space

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Designing buckets, instead of fixing leaks

“Let’s take a step back”


2. Let someone else break it (whip up a quick test)

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“I like it, but let’s go see how other people react to this”


3. Consult the morphological charts, tea leaves and other occult ephemera

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“I don’t think you can design anything just by absorbing information and then hoping to synthesize it into a solution. What you need to know about the problem only becomes apparent as you’re trying to solve it.”

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A mix-and-match flipbook. Image source: http://www.greenchairpress.com/blog/?p=1981
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A morphological chart exploring a microwave interface. Image source: http://www.joyce-liu.com/uxad/

Designing Atlassian

Tales from the Atlassian design team

Thanks to Matty Schreck, Alastair Simpson, Marie-Claire Dean, and Sam Roberts

Daniel Kerris

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Industrial Designer working in tech. Currently at @Atlassian designing product.

Designing Atlassian

Tales from the Atlassian design team

Daniel Kerris

Written by

Industrial Designer working in tech. Currently at @Atlassian designing product.

Designing Atlassian

Tales from the Atlassian design team

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