Do’s and Don’t in Product Designing

In the beginning of the project it was good because the design was clear to all. However, the new design was changed twice which confuses the design team and made them weary of continuing the project. The marketing team pre-printed some brochures though they are worried of the outcome. The sales team found out that they lost commissions, they passed the blame to the design team. When the people in management knew this they gnashed their teeth and in anger rained down memorandums in the company for the reason that their budget is running over.

Sounds familiar right? You might think that functionality is the main purpose of a product but the design of the product also plays a vital role. Although the process in design does not always run well and there are major things that needs to be fixed. The things below are the Deadly Sins of Product Design which you must avoid in order to keep your design beautiful and in line with its purpose:

Tunnel-Vision: Keeping up with a need while creating another one

A good concept in design certainly solves a problem and meets a need. It seems so easy to make a design but the important thing is you have to make one which will not create another problem. An example could be a pair of hedge clippers. Putting a safety lock into the cutters will solve any potential problem. However the user of the scissors should avoid the lock to slip into its original position which locks the scissors so he needs to hold it in a certain way which might not be too comfortable for the user. Be watchful on the design since it greatly affects the purpose of the product.

Glitter: Nice design but costly and impossible to make

Any person that loves designing products wants to have that brainstorming environment where spontaneity and art abound. Making new concepts of design is fun and not a boring one. You can have fun in design making but you need to stick with your goal and that is to make a good design. Generally, product companies go to design firms for the design of their products, however these design firms do not have technical expertise. In the end of it you will find that the beautiful designs that you have made are impossible to produce or they are very costly to make. Thus, it is important to know your budget and resources and use them wisely.

Imperceptiveness: The failure to produce a design that meets the user need.

The user should be comfortable of the design of the product. See ergonomics as well as human factors and study on how your product will be used by the users. Learn to know the requirements of the user. Ask the users to know what are their thoughts of the product. You need to study how will the user go with the product and note the efficiency of the product with each use. The method is good specially when you are planning to redesign a product or make a competitive product in the market. Good designs are those that have good aesthetics which users admire but actually they do not know about its efficiency. If the product will be more on design then it will result in the frustration of the user and the product will be short lived. Make your designs simple so that you can make the functionality of your product at its fullest.

Safety: A mixture of ideas for users safety

You will find many kinds of great ideas on the market but if you want to outshine those ideas you have to be unique. Stun the consumers with your great stuff that you made for them. Prior to making a new design for your product, analyze first the competition in the market. Make your research and know the likes and dislikes of the users who use that particular product and find ways on how you can make the product better. Add some features from other industries and create some ideas to make your product more appealing. See what are the trends in the industry right now and know how you can incorporate your ideas to come up with the next-big-thing. Show the consumers on how well your product is over the competition in the market.

Transience: Designing for today and for the future

If you get the current condition then its fine to make a design for the present. But come to think of the products that changed the world since they were not only made for the present but also for the future such as cell phones, coffee makers, computers, etc. If you want to make a good design then you need have to see the future. Do not be contented with your present good, look for ways on how you can improve your user-product interaction. Think 5 years from now and figure out what would it be. What could be the changes in the user requirements during that time? Where else can be your product be used? Can your product be used for a new purpose? Is there new technology available for your new design?

Egomania: Designing only for the sake of the design

The problem with search for ways to make our design good is that we want to make it look cool and fix those points but really not solving the problem. You need to meet the need first before going to the design. You will have the design as you continue to develop your product. You might find great designs as the one that equates to the success of the product but true success of the product means the product meets or exceeds the user requirements.

Distraction: Fixing the wrong problem

Designing a material needs time to come up with a unique art. However, you need to have control from your fluidity. Usually as the design of the product evolves, there are things that are discovered and things are fixed. This is the most useful part in the process of creation-but you have to use this well. You need to focus your attention always to the original design scope. Do not let your design affect the functionality of your product else you will not end with your product. Return to roots of it and ask yourself why the design is needed for the product. Let’s take for example the new air actuated corkscrew. What the designers have discovered was the problem is not the design of the corkscrew but how to get the cork from the bottle. Rather than making a new cork screw the designers just made the air pump corkscrew to solve the issue. By that example, we can learn that the wise thing to do is to be simple in our designs.

7 Easy Ways To Use Personal Productivity to Guide Your Artistic Career

Artistic careers depend on personal productivity. You can develop your personal productivity to guide your artistic career using 7 easy steps!

As you scurry about trying to find the most productive path, take into consideration that there just may be a simple, organized path to reach your destination.

Your life may be like mine; I have a family, belong to several organizations, and love to garden and travel, as well as paint pictures of places I’ve been. The list goes on and on! Having many interests and commitments makes the use of a personal productivity guide even more important.

7 Steps to Promote Your Personal Productivity:

You may have the idea that artists with few personal productivity goals paint pictures as beautiful as the artists that are truly structured and productive. This would be a correct assumption – but having these guidelines will help you spend more time productively, enjoying your creativity and advancing your career:

1. A Neat Work Space = Greater Creativity

What can be more frustrating than being inspired to create, and not being finding essential supplies? If you make a habit of organizing your space after you finish your creative effort, you can step in any time and get right back to work.

2. Arrange Your Studio to Accommodate Each Medium You Use.

Always having the right supplies at the right table greatly increases your productivity. For instance, I’m inspired to paint in several different mediums. Each medium needs a different set-up. Oils are usually painted while standing at an easel, Watercolors can also be painted while standing but the paper should be lying on a flat surface. Pastels call for a totally different set-up, as they require a very smooth surface and much preparation. By giving each medium a dedicated area, you can step in and use whichever technique you want right away!

3. Create an Overflow Space.

Another helpful way to increase your personal productivity is to have an overflow space. An extra room with shelves that are organized is a great help. This serves you well in that when there is time to be creative, the supplies are ready.

4. Know in Advance Which Supplies You Will Need.

No more rushing here and there finding supplies when you only have a short period of time to create! Consider creating a checklist with supplies you use frequently and need to replenish. Always have a printout of this list to check off when you run out of tubes of paint, etc.

5. Keep Inspired and Informed.

Here are a few ways you can energize your creative time:

  • When traveling about in your car, listen to information that motivates and inspires.
  • In the studio, listen to music as you create.
  • Make your own personal productivity MP3 files to reinforce goals you’ve set and new ones recently added. There are many free tele-seminar sites that record as an MP3. Make your productivity guide easy to listen to wherever you are.

6. Create Clear Goals and Include a Timeline.

Successful artists have good time management skills to use along with their personal productivity guide. Think of the opposite of using your guide, and it will be easy to see that your artistic career seems to stall. Not having a productivity plan may slow you down so much that your goals seem to be just beyond reach.

  • Create special personal productivity goals to benefit your artistic career.
  • Being organized begins with making a schedule of the artistic activities central to your career and your creativity. Set a deadline for each of these goals.

7. Coordinate All Your Plans in a Single Planner or Calendar

  • No more missed club meetings because the date was forgotten!
  • You’ve learned the importance of knowing where your materials are. It’s also a good idea to learn how to estimate how long it will take to complete a project. It makes it that much easier to schedule in time for your creative work, and know that you can spend it creating just what you have in mind.

Take the time to create and use your personal productivity guide. Follow along and implement these suggestions for a more organized studio and life. You’ll enjoy happier time at work, and a more successful artistic career!

Secrets to Personal Productivity

To achieve optimal personal productivity, one must be aware of himself, the situation as well as the other party. Who are the other party? They can be your co-workers, bosses, director, vendor, etc. in a workplace context. We can also describe personal productivity as an awareness of three things: Me, You and Situation. This is not something special and it had been mentioned in Sun Tzu’s Art of War quote:

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

In our modern day context, we are not trying to win a war. We know “war” is too costly (it’s all in the news). The fundamental objective is to achieve personal productivity through understanding ourselves, the other party and the situation. Understanding ourselves involves awareness of our choices of actions, responses, our thinking, self-discipline and exertion of self-control. Strengthening the “me” is our core principle of understanding oneself. Understanding the other party involves awareness of their thoughts, anticipated responses within the given situation. We cannot change the perspective of another person, working styles, life’s need or nor a situation, but what we can do is to prepare our state of mind and body to adapt and handle various situations when they arise. Through this, we can “position” ourselves and influence any decisions and outcome. It goes the same when you enter the wrong “position”, the results are negative consequences.

How does it have any relation with improving personal productivity? Chances of us knowing the other party (or person) and situation dynamics is limited. But we have awareness and control of ourselves. Having being able to control what we can, we then anticipate and influence what is out of our control. Understanding oneself is one part of the equation to personal productivity. To further enhance personal productivity, it is necessary to complete the other half of the equation: understanding and reacting appropriately to other’s behavior in different situations. Sun Tzu’s Art of War quotes have been widely used in the business world. In our context, we bring it a level down to for the purpose of enhancing personal productivity at work.

Throughout the journey of finding productivity (is it work or life) with us, you will find that we begin working on one’s personal awareness and self-control (Me factor). Following through to understanding of the other party (You factor) and handling of situation dynamics (Situation factor). You will find what’s written here able to address your needs, if you have trouble finding personal productivity at work or having a grumpy boss always concerned with your performance. Simple as the concept is, we believed that what we are sharing here will be helpful in your search of personal productivity at work.