Design Report 001 – Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems

I was hit by an inspiration lightning bolt when I was reading Designing Your Life. As I flipped through the pages, the idea got stronger by itself and took a visual form in my head.

The idea that struck me was to create a series of Design Reports in the form of “Scientific Lab Reports”. It won’t be about science, of course, but it would be fun to tackle some problems that have been forever bugging me with Design Thinking Process and document them in charts and bullet points.

But first, let me tell you more about the Design Thinking Process which I have since adapted in my own way.

I realise there are many existing versions on the internet, they are pretty charts and very interesting to look at. But I got a bit lost when trying to remember the main points afterwards. So I decided to simplify it while making some adjustments to adapt it to my needs.

I made my own version and called it “The PRC-PRC Chart” :

The 2 important adjustments that I made were:

  1. Rephrase and create memorable names for the main points (e.g. PRC-PRC Chart)
  2. Simplify it to a straightforward time-line (instead of the extravagant flow charts that led my eyes all over the page)

The Design Report Template

 

Based on the process above, I have created the Design Report Template, following the method of: Problem, Reframe, Challenge, Proposal, Result, Conclusion, and finally, Discussion.

Instead of presenting it in a normal post format, I wanted to make a more fun and liberal report template that encourages creativity and yet, easy to read.

Below is the template that I came up with. I’ve filled it with an example design problem to illustrate better, the topic is “The Messiness of Unwrapping a Chocolate Bar”. I thought it would be a fun subject, but please note that I do not aim to take the chocolate world by storm and change its design (although I would highly appreciate it if someone does).

In this example Design Report, I only made one proposal of prototype but normally you build several prototypes before you can find a good solution. Any form of brainstorming ideas should be noted down as a Proposal, generating the more proposals the better.

And when we find an acceptable conclusion, it brings us to the last step of my PRC-PRC Chart:

DISCUSSION

 

What do you think about my Design Report Template?

What do you agree with me on and where do you think I could improve?

Any chance I should continue on elaborating my chocolate experiment?

 

I have plans to use this Design Report template for different problems I encounter, not only on the design area. I intent to try this out with personal problems, relationship problems, etc etc…

Hopefully, this Design Report presentation will evolve into a series of fun and reflective articles on this blog.

 

à la vie aujourd’hui,

Yanni

 

 

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