As designers, we are often driven by our emotional thinking or tend to create according to what we already know, by convenience. But as design managers, our role is to take a step back on the situation and challenge the context we sometimes take for granted. This is why the impact or decision making can shift a project into a different path according to our choices.
Last week, we took part of a workshop focusing on the impact of decision making in creative process, and the impact of disruptors. Based on our Final Major Project, this workshop helped us to bring new ideas on the table and challenge our points of view. By looking back at the Priority Assortment Chart we individually came up with at the end of the workshop, 3 new ideas derived from my project about addressing cultural appropriation through board game. The entire structure of the workshop helped me to think about additional stakeholders such as museums, but also bullet points to pay attention too in order to lead the project to its best.
The entire research process was divided in 3 main steps : writing the overview of the project, our approach and the stakeholders involved. Each step, forced us to frame our project quickly without overthinking, which sometimes becomes the main problem of a project.
The fragmentation of the research process enables to think more rationally and focus on the research structure, rather than diving into the emotional dimension of our projects. But this kind of workshop can only work with the assistance of a third party, disrupting our vision of the project. However, despite the great and positive impact of the disruption, the process of critical decision making lights up the fact that framing a project under pressure can be as positive as bad.
Indeed, by putting the attendee under pressure, it allow to think about the rationality of the project, so as giving a straight and direct answer. Overthinking block us quite often, which is why putting down everything on the table without over thinking is an act of productivity. However, it is important to use these kind of methods carefully in a research process, and analyse the given answers with a conceptual and emotional thinking afterwards. It is important to look back at our decisions, and try to understand in which way they might affect the evolution of our projects. The act of deciding is easy, however, the responsibilities coming behind are to be carefully analysed in order to help us move forward.
The final part of the workshop was dedicated to rephrase the primary overview following all the research process. How the end product, might actually affect the original answer ? is the primary statement to be rephrased ? The overall process we experienced during the workshop clearly demonstrated how design research is once again an ongoing and circular process. The end of a phase becomes the beginning of another.