Embracing mess in the design process

UX Designer Marie Schweiz on using watercolour, uplifting women in tech and having good design principles

Femke
Femke
Apr 16, 2018 · 6 min read
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You’re a freelance interaction designer, yet it doesn’t stop there! You also paint watercolours, sketch in procreate, help other designers learn how to use design tools and the list goes on. How do you pinpoint your passion?

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Exploring with watercolour

Though you’re an interaction designer, you also experiment a lot with watercolour. I feel it’s common to have desires to experiment with new tools and crafts, however it can be really scary! How did you come to embrace watercolour as part of your toolkit?

With paint I feel the need to touch my designs — see and feel it moving right away.

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You’ve mentioned that a large part of your work is in educating teams on good design principles. How does having design principles influence the output and quality of the work?

This is where a design principle lives at its best. You establish it and then decide how you’re going to embrace it as a team — it works like a compass. Everyone within that process is aware of what they’re doing.

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In your experience, how has user research impacted the design process?

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Marie’s desk in Munich vs. her studio in Berlin

A big discussion today is in design documentation. As someone with experience writing these types of documents, what advice would you give to other designers?

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Credit: Design Jam

It’s clear you have a passion for helping other women in the design community, and often participate in hosting workshops or providing resources. Why is this initiative important to you?

Women in design can be very competitive and frightened — so frightened in fact that they won’t work together. I’ve seen women not be accepting of one another or commend each others success, which is wrong.

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If you weren’t a designer, what do you think you’d be doing?


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