10 beginning design principles for a user-led startup
Designing product principles for startups and small companies
Design principles are guidelines that designers follow to create aesthetically pleasing and functional designs. These principles can be applied to a wide range of design disciplines, including graphic design, interior design, architecture, and product design. Some common design principles include balance, contrast, hierarchy, unity, and simplicity.
Usually, matured products are capable of distilling their product in 4 to 6 design principles that serve as a guideline for all designers and product managers. But that is not true for companies that are in their infancy stages. Startups struggle with setting up a design system, hiring a mature design team and leaders, and later distilling down the product and its domains into guidelines and principles. Based on my understanding of how design functions in a startup, design leaders should nevertheless set up a set of design principles that can guide fellow designers into creating a functional & intuitive product. In this post, I will be discussing 10 design principles that a product team can consider during its early stages.
- User-centered design
- Simplicity and minimalism
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Functionality and usefulness
- Innovation and creativity
This principle focuses on understanding the needs and goals of the users and designing products and experiences that are intuitive and easy to use. Creating a user-centered design is not hard, simply by following a checklist system we can create a design that is tailored to the needs and preferences of your users, resulting in a more user-friendly and effective product or service. Here are some steps for creating a user-centered design: