Design Thinking Outside the Basics

A design is usually a blueprint or design for the constructive construction of some object or system or even for the effective implementation of such a plan or specifications in the form of a manufactured sample, machine or process, or even the ultimate result of such a plan or specifications. The verb to design normally refers to the process of coming up with a suitable design through which something practical may be produced. It may also refer to the ability to construct or manufacture a certain product in a desired and repeatable manner. It may indicate the ability to create or work out a mathematical model or a drawing. Designing and drawing are related concepts.


Designing/drawing is a very involved process and it involves many kinds of communication from the designer to the users, clients, colleagues and other interested parties. Designers are engaged in a two-way communication process with the clients and other stakeholders as well. Designing and drawing is part of the planning/informed decision making process which is an essential part of the business development and design thinking. In a few words, the designing process involves the user experience, the knowledge base, the technical systems, the business case and the business analysis in a systematic fashion.

Designers must think beyond the basic designs. They must consider the resource requirements, the feasibility, the impact on the organizational structure, the business case and the regulatory aspects. Designers must also pay attention to the technology and tools necessary to implement their ideas. Designers should also pay attention to the problems caused by their innovative solutions.