Jim Lane

Articulating Design Decisions

Articulating Design Decisions

I shared a number of books and articles this year, but looking back the most impactful read was definitely Tom Greever‘s 2015 Articulating Design Decisions.

As designers and creative leaders, we rely on our ability to communicate our ideas, inspire our teams’ creativity, and solicit and respond to feedback. Unfortunately, these skills are not necessarily part of design curriculum, so we must develop them ourselves and coach our teams as to how to present their ideas effectively.

At a recent design summit for my organization, I used elements of Tom’s book for a workshop session, to practice presenting design, giving constructive feedback, receiving feedback, and responding in kind.

Tom’s book outlines specific strategies for developing and practicing these communication skills, which are critical regardless of the size of your specific team or organization. I encourage you to check it out, and share it with other designers on your team.

Have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration!