If you follow enough design conference feeds you’ll almost certainly see retweets of a common lament of the design conference speaker.
Our design process is broken / We don’t have the right tools for responsive design
- Most conference design talks
Now most folks don’t really like being told they’re doing something wrong on Twitter but this one always sticks in my mind. Partly because I’ve written in the past about adapting and tweaking processes, designing in the browser and because frankly I don’t think my process is broken any more than it was 5 years ago because it’s always in a state of flux as I find things to modify.
My process has never been broken because it’s always in a state of refinement and improvement, it’s never finalised. Things that work well for my projects are retained while things that don’t work well are ditched or adapted so they do.
For the most part my basic tool kit has remained the same, a text editor of some sort, Fireworks and a Wireframe tool (Balsamiq at the moment). Other tools come and go but these have been my core since 2003. Yes I’ve gone from providing rounds of amends to static visuals created in Fireworks to HTML prototypes in a browser and style tiles or asset blocks/components but I’ve never honestly felt my process has been broken or that I lack the tools to do my job.
Yes, “our” processes usually need refining from project to project but I think that’s just being responsible and efficient not broken.
How’s your process – Do you feel it’s broken or just in need of tweaking occasionally?