Visual Examples of Design Processes
Below are some visual examples of design processes as defined by different disciplines and organizations.
It’s interesting to note how similar these are, even when the language around them varies. Also, you can see how different disciplines—from engineering to user-experience design—follow similar processes.
User-Centered Iterative Design
This diagram shows the iterative nature of the design process and some of the key terms.20
Rapid prototyping is considered key to contemporary design practice.21
Engineering Design Process
Even in this diagram of an engineering process, you can see many of the key themes discussed above.22
In this user-experience design diagram, process repeats itself as necessary.23
Here is a user-centered design diagram with a lot more detail.24
In this diagram, playtesting is given equal weight to prototyping and iterating.25
Whether design process diagrams have three steps or ten, or use any number of languages, the principles are the same.26
Here is an example of a five-phase design process different from IDEO’s.27