Design Commandments

7 Things To Consider When Designing Your Product

Let’s take a closer look at what makes a design great.

Nima Thing
Jul 22 · 13 min read

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. — Steve Jobs

1. Productivity Ratio Should Be High

A cow.

Happy smiling cow in a natural green grass fame — Saying, “Yes, it’s me”
Happy smiling cow in a natural green grass fame — Saying, “Yes, it’s me”
Photo by mihtiander from Getty images
Generic cell phone held by female hand against blue sky with clouds compared to Close up picture of a bike dynamo
Generic cell phone held by female hand against blue sky with clouds compared to Close up picture of a bike dynamo
Photo(Cellphone) by epantha and Photo(Dynamo) by Oatrucj Daxebvucgker from Getty Images

A good product should give more than what it takes.

2. Product Aesthetic: Should Be Able To Blow People’s Mind

A stylish sofa along with other cozy interiors in the room
A stylish sofa along with other cozy interiors in the room
Photo by KatarzynaBialasiewicz from Getty Images Pro

A product with great aesthetics and good service always has an advantage over the average-looking one with the same functionality.

3. Does It Solve A Real Problem?

Wooden toy house next to a stethoscope. Conceptual image of solution to the real estate market crisis.
Wooden toy house next to a stethoscope. Conceptual image of solution to the real estate market crisis.
Photo by Gajus on Canva Free Images

So, when you pitch your idea or design, make sure that it solves a real problem.

4. Understanding Human Behavior

See human behavior
See human behavior
Photo by BBBuilder from Getty Images

Failing to understand human nature while designing your product is setting up your product to fail.

5. Does It Scale?

When you are designing your product, you should be aiming for higher traffic in sales.

Hand holding light bulb on blackbard
Hand holding light bulb on blackbard
Photo by eternalcreative from Getty Images Pro

6. Cost/Price Ratio

In a competitive market, product designers face a lot of pressures in designing a unique piece that is cost-effective, great quality and attracts a lot of costumers.

Businessman’s hands with calculator at the office and Financial data Cost Economic
Businessman’s hands with calculator at the office and Financial data Cost Economic
Photo by SARINYAPINNGAM from Getty Images Pro

7. Design For the Common Good(And Sustainability)

3P sustainability chart of people, planet and profit — Forbes
3P sustainability chart of people, planet and profit — Forbes
Image Source: Forbes

A product design should not intend to cause unnecessary harm, and even look for any harms it might be causing unknowingly.

A display of SAOLA shoes, a new eco-friendly shoes in the market
A display of SAOLA shoes, a new eco-friendly shoes in the market
Image Source: theManual.com

Wrapping Up:

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