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11 Examples of a Design Process

 , updated on January 17, 2023
A design process is a series of steps that are used to create a design. Design processes are typically run as a cycle whereby steps are repeated as designs are refined. The following are common steps in a design process.

Requirements Elicitation

Gathering initial requirements from stakeholders.

Requirements Analysis

Improving the quality of requirements.

Prioritization

In many cases, requirements capture a great deal of work that is prioritized and implemented in small chunks. An agile design process might not accept any more than a few weeks work at a time.

Assumptions & Constraints

Documenting assumptions and constraints. One of the primary reasons that clients reject designs is that they have made assumptions about the design that don't reflect the design team's understanding.

Workshops

Workshops such as a design charrette that allow stakeholders and designers to work together towards a design. For example, a community might be invited to participate in the urban design of a neighborhood park.

Creative Process

Techniques for finalizing ideas and concepts for the design. This generally involves generating ideas with a process of brainstorming. The person who has creative control then makes the final call.

Design

The work of developing the design.

Prototypes

Prototypes are usually inexpensive versions of the design such as a diagram, art, model or partial implementation.

Implementation

Producing required work products for delivery to clients.

Delivery

Delivering the design to clients. Often involves a presentation.

User Acceptance

Reviews and tests by the customer leading to acceptance of deliverables.
Overview: Design Processes
Type
Definition
A series of steps that are used to create and deliver a design to client expectations.
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