My wife Cindy and I are enjoying a weekend in Ojai, CA and we wanted to have dinner at a classy Italian restaurant. There were several great restaurants to choose from and we were planning to go to one of the classiest ones in the Ojai Valley.
We had time before our reservation so we decided to look for a great vantage point to shoot sunset photos. Time was running short and we found a small, family-owned Italian cafe and I ordered spaghetti and meatballs — they had the option to have garlic butter instead of marinara. It was the greatest spaghetti and meatball dish I’ve ever had.
It’s those serendipitous times that we find some of the greatest combinations in design work. We can plan and plan and plan and have design processes in place to ensure great outcomes. But, design works in mysterious ways. It’s those moments of serendipity that can produce even greater outcomes. We can’t be so steadfast to process that we are blind to life’s randomness.
Use design process as your way to move forward in design development, but don’t discount life’s happy accidents. And, when you’re in Ojai, CA, visit Bocelli’s and try the spaghetti with garlic butter and meatballs.