Caterpillars

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.

Think of your initial design concepts as caterpillars–rather clumsy, slow, vulnerable to a quick death, etc… But, if you let it continue to thrive with evolving iterations determined by your own somatic changes as well as outside feedback, this caterpillar of a design concept will incubate into a full-fledged viable design solution.

No idea is viable from its initial conception. It has to become viable through feedback from the real world. Designers should never design in a vacuum. Being part of a group to get feedback helps an idea become something beautiful.

Let the design process happen and let the world benefit from your butterflies.

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Comorbidity

Working as a designer in the health care device industry, we deal with the issue of comorbidity—the simultaneous presence of two or more chronic diseases or conditions in a patient. This makes solving disease problems very complex as diseases are sometimes the result of multiple conditions and/or pre-existing conditions that can become increasingly dependent on each. This can lead to death.

These multiple conditions also exist in our increasingly complex design lives. Not only are comorbidities present in diseases, they are present in our continuous striving of design perfection. These conditions and dependencies can lead to the death of our design solutions.

In the case of the human version of comorbidity, the elimination or cure of one can lead to the elimination or cure of another because of the dependencies. This holds true with design work as well, if we can dissect and understand why a visual solution may not work, it’s usually a simple adjustment that can lead to a more harmonious design solution.

A cure for any disease or design solution can be complex or quite easy. Because of dependencies, a simple adjustment can be the cure for what ails you or your designs.

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