Design constraints are limitations on a design. These include imposed limitations that you don't control and limitations that are self-imposed as a way to improve a design. The following are common types of design constraint.
Commercial Constraints Basic commercial constraints such as time and budget.Functional requirements such as specifications of features for a website.
Non-Functional RequirementsRequirements that specify intangible elements of a design. For example, a non-functional requirement that a building be accessible.
ComplianceCompliance to applicable laws, regulations and standards.
StyleA style guide or multiple style guides related to an organization, brand, product, service, environment or project. For example, a product development team may follow a style guide for a brand family that constrains the colors and layout of package designs.
Beyond visual design, constraints may apply to taste, touch, sound and smell. For example, a brand identity that calls for products to smell fruity.
UsabilityUsability principles, frameworks and standards. For example, the principle of least astonishment.
PrinciplesThe design principles of an organization, team or individual. For example, a designer who uses form follows function to constrain designs.
IntegrationA design that needs to work with other things such as products, services, systems, processes, controls, partners and information.
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