TL;DR: If you are wondering when to apply which design methods, or if you are interested in a knowledge map of Product/UX design, this mind map may help you. The rest of this article is a detailed explanation of the map.
Why bother to make a map? The answer is to connect the dots systematically. In our daily designer lives, we practice many methods and skills — some are useful but some aren’t. We need a ‘when to use what’ guide on paper. And a mind map exercise can help. It also gives an overview of all the methods needed throughout the design process.
How to start? First, identify a design process. Mine is ‘understand, define, ideate, execute, and validate’. There are available ones to use, e.g. Lean UX and Stanford design thinking. Then, map out methods and skills that are suitable for each stage in the process. Most importantly, designers should involve themselves in all the stages during the process.
A mind map of methods/skills/knowledge.View the map
As a designer, we need to know not only user experience , but also business , technology 🧡, communication skills , etc. I color coded the map based on these categories.
Link of the full map: https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_ktZHnRA=/
So, start making a mind map for yourself! Keep thinking about ‘when to use what’ and developing your map day by day. It will eventually help you develop a framework to approach problems.
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