Practice makes perfect.
An expert is deemed as someone knowledgeable in his/her profession / interest / expertise. We should aim to be an expert or work towards being one.
A user is an expert. He/she does the same thing day in, day out; practise the routine consciously and subconsciously. Let’s put this in context: A tennis player who practises his forehand volley, services, backhand cross sourt shots and so on…day in, day out. So when he goes out to play competitively, with his adrenalin running fast, those days of practising will pay-off during this match, when he “instinctively” goes for the shots and due to those numerous practices, his connection is correct and he “kills off” the other opponent and he wins eventually.
As a designer, are we competitive enough. Do we practise enough?
As an academic, are we competitive enough. Do we practise enough?
So, how should a designer practise? What should he/she practise until it becomes instinctive how to get it right? Is there one formula or several?
This issue lurks somewhere under the discussion of process versus product. With computer aided design softwares, you could (arguably) instantly create design in the last minute to get you to another level or to pass and go to year 2 or year 3. And then you got your degree. Congratulations! But wait a minute…congratulations to what? What did you do? Did you bluff your way through university course? Did you managed to bluff the lecturer by your “skills”?
How about this: did you manage to bluff yourself?
So what is “process”? Why is process so important? Is it skills-building? Aren’t there many many types of skills out there? So if I muster a few, I should be able to get a job in a company and earn a living. At the end of the day, getting paid is the most important thing, isn’t it? A comfy job, settle down in marriage, get into a piece of the wealth pie…
Well, it’s your life. But say if paid more attention and practised more, concentrating in getting the process right, going through all the processes and not relying on shortcuts. Say that your lecturer asks you to read more, to study more, to prepare better, so that your analysis becomes better and your design will have more depth. You will be more of an expert with better skills.
But! In the pass, we saw students who took the shortcuts and students who studied more, they both scored with the same grade! What’s the use with all that effort? The lecturer should penalise the students who did the shortcut if you really want us to do the proper process.
Well…don’t you feel that you should do the process and learn from it. Doing the process right is for you, not the lecturer, isn’t it?
So the debate goes on?
What value do you place the process of the design to be of equal or even more importance than the product?
If you do not value the process highly, then you will not do it or not do it properly or do it well…
Its your judgment.