The best designs are intuitive. Because everything that you need to design is inside of you. You just need to let it flow and channel it correctly.
Huat talked about the mind’s eye. He said, “Getting that evasive image in one’s mind’s eye and then executing it is what it’s really about”. In my opinion, that image comes after intense searching, like soul-searching for ideas. It is an exhaustive exercise, being thorough and testing all possibilities or considering all elements in order to find “the one image”. You don’t get it by forgetting it. You can only get it by persistence.
This is the core characteristic of a true designer. Engaging him/herself in this search. When the image comes into focus, things starts to make sense. If the wrong image came out, it’s because you did not do enough. You may commit it to paper and show in your crit, but it was half-cooked or half-baked or just not good enough. So back to the drawing board…
Do not give up the search for this “evasive image” as it tends to be elusive until you find it.
The start of the search for the design happens when you decide, but the journey can only begin when you find that “image” which suddenly fits.
The perception of being intuitive is not the same as just relying on one’s instincts. It is not child’s play. One definition of intuitive is being insightful. To be insightful is to expand knowledge that also means to study.
To be intuitive is the first step in being a good designer and to be able to originate and not merely rehashing other people’s images. It is working through a problem and finding an answer. Your own original answer.