The importance of the design process
The design process is essential when people make or develop products. The quality of products depends on how to make them. In my cases, I usually start basic data research about the product I will design. First of all, I gather the data about the position in the market, the pros and cons of competitive products, and benchmarking mode. Then, I make a specific process and a schedule. The general process of mine can divide four steps. The first step is to create a strategy for the product. In this step, I interview large-scale user soup or investigate the behavior of small user groups concerning the product. If the product was already launched in the market, I generally observe how the user wants to change or what kinds of problems users feel. After gathering data about the product, I develop a strategy to improve product quality or provide the best services to customers. The second step is to design a prototype. Using the data of a product, I design the paper prototype. It is a kind of sketch of a product. First, I draw a prototype on paper and test the prototype with one or two users. I can find some problems or improve factors through this primary test. Then, I started to make more detailed prototypes using the computer. And, I test the prototype one more time with five or seven users. In this test, I can find the specific problem of the user interface and can fix it correctly. Their step is to develop the product. Starting to develop a real product is not only one person’s duty in my case. Many experts join the product and collaborate. My position is usually interaction design. So, I manage the quality of the user interface when engineers reflect my prototype to their programming.