I have recently been working on a project that has had some major design issues and it made me ask questions like how did we get here, and what decisions were made to get this design accepted and put into production.
Now the design was not necessarily a bad one, just over complex and from a production perspective very difficult and time confusing to assemble.This can be very typical of many designs we see and sometimes the “in joke” is that a design may be a duck billed platypus as it has clearly been designed by a committee.
Getting everyone’s buy in on the design can be a good thing. However, the golden principle of design is that one person should have the overall say and make the final decision.
Having more than one person responsible for design can end up with a poor device that compromises the overall design just to allow it to please everyone on the design team.
I know that you are thinking, ok we know this already. Well you’re right and so is your colleague you’re working with! I guess it’s all about having the ability to have creative meetings that enable good thinking that does not rely on compromise. Don’t be afraid to fight for your design, without having the worry of what others may think.
To help you make the right decisions, watch this video. I think you’ll find it very helpful!
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