Compendium of Design

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The Design Process

The 'Design Process' is a series of phases and activities that a designer follows in order to conceptualise, research, design, test, market and manufacture a design solution to a given problem. Although there is not a definitive or set design process, most designers will use a similar process to that in the figures and explanations below.

It is important to understand that the design process is cyclical and non-lineal in nature. That is, it is a process that is continually repeated in the pursuit of improving the function or quality of a product . It is not necessarily a prescriptive process that must be completed from start to finish. Each phase can be completed or revisited depending on the improvements of the product being developed or redesigned.


The Four Phases of the Design Process

The Design Process

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