There are so many Design Tools on the market today it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few Design Tools that really stand out!
1. Pencil and Paper – Grab your sketchbook and Go! Getting out into the world and observing people, places, and things as they are used in everyday life helps us to see how we may be able to design a better version, upgrade, or a whole new product all together.
2. Take a Class – Learning a new Design Tool that can enhance your work flow or add value to your existing toolkit can be fun and exciting. Checkout d.school from Stanford or head on over to the ever popular Linda.com and learn something new.
3. Streamline Your Work Flow With Apps – You can find some really amazing tools online through the app store. Checkout this list from Hack Design.
4. Design Strategy – This is one of the biggest tools designers have to create something that people will resonate with. “Today’s dynamic markets and technologies have called into question the sustainability of competitive advantage. Under pressure to improve productivity, quality, and speed, managers have embraced tools such as TQM, bench-marking, and re-engineering. Dramatic operational improvements have resulted, but rarely have these gains translated into sustainable profitability.” – Mark Dziersk With information streaming to us through the internet, marketing a product or service has to be about the people. While creating a Design Strategy we must recognize the need and fill it with authentic and sustainable design.
This is a very exciting time to live and create in the world because there is so much opportunity for improvement. We have the Design Tools to meet the needs of the people and the planet, so lets make a commitment to designing a better way of doing things.