What am I doing? Who am I doing this for? What do I want out of this? Is there a version of the future worth investing your mind, your brain and your whole work for?
Process need not be complicated. In fact, the best ones are probably the simplest and most straightforward. It has to be to leave room for surprises, for the edge cases you need to constantly be aware of. I always assume the unexpected could happen at any time.
In the book, The Black Swan, author Nassim Nicholas Taleb explores the idea of probability based on the history of the world, particularly on the patterns of human behavior. It is one of the most influential books in my life.
“Look into your own existence. Count the significant events, the technological changes, and the inventions that have taken place in our environment since you were born and compare them to what was expected before their advent. How many of them came on a schedule? Look into your own personal life, to your choice of profession, say, or meeting your mate, your exile from your country of origin, the betrayals you faced, your sudden enrichment or impoverishment. How often did these things occur according to plan?” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Probable
Product design work, or designing softwares in general, is a profession ripe of all kinds of surprises. Naturally, the creative process behind it has to be as nimble, experimental as possible without losing sight of the core principles.
When all else fails, it’s helpful to go back to the basic foundations.
This is why I started mapping how I think, how I process my work, and how I contribute to problem solving. Read more here: 🧠 👩🏽💻 Method to the madness
Excerpt from the page:
In choosing product design, you choose, with great pleasure, the responsibility to be the problem solvers, user advocates and principle-builders. We are a part of the people essentially building the next generation of work, tools, lifestyle, businesses products and a whole lot more. We have to know how to tell a story.
This is just the beginning.
Nikki is an Independent Product Designer and UX strategist based in New Jersey. In the last 2 years, she has helped design & build a holographic platform, contracted for a research team inside Fidelity Investments, worked in the Design Operations side of an e-commerce company, mentored brilliant design students/career-changers, advocated for UX best practices at RookieUp, have co-taught UX courses at General Assembly and have also contributed directly to the growth of the Mentorship program on UXPA-New York. Designing for a better world is her life. She also runs her own newsletter, working title, about her thoughts on the future and more.