Process – ‘a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner‘.
As the definition already states, a process is not a dot on a timeline but the timeline itself. The next action will follow previous ones which will go on until a certain end has presented itself. Today, I want to discuss the process in the broadest sense of the word.
The process of designing, making, thinking, working etc.
In earlier posts we have discussed my process of designing; gathering ideas (they’re everywhere!), sketching, erasing and more sketching. Once this sketch is finished, I continued with a paper version which resulted in a cardboard mall. All actions continue until the final design is made. But not only in designing, a defined manner can be found. Since also the making of the final product can be divided into multiple steps. Which you could have followed for example in the making of the the black bag. Besides those, our working-, thinking- or the creative processes… are all processes!
Doodling, mind mapping – even more processes
Although some parts can’t be interchanged others might benefit from it. It is very interesting if you look back every once in a while how or which steps are taken. If I want to write down a process I, almost immediately start doodling or mind mapping, also some kind of manner…;). I love mind mapping since I always will forget one item or step to add in the right order. But with mind mapping, this isn’t necessary. I will continue to add little clouds to the larger cloud as long as I can think of further or previous steps. Once I am certain I didn’t forget anything I get my different coloured pens and start grouping, or use the colours of the rainbow to set the series of steps in the right order. In the end, you can review this at a glance.
Verbal or visual thinker?
Are you a verbal or a visual thinker? You might like to read but if I didn’t place any pictures, would you have finished this post…? Well just in case you are a visual thinker, I certainly am, I have made some drawings, to visualise my process. I hope you can read my handwriting haha… Even if most of the steps can be read between the lines of most posts. Although in this post I have illustrated and highlighted some more; The Design-, the Making-, The Skill-develop- and the Question-process… For now, the Design Process is illustrated while the other three will be discussed soon…!
Which steps do you take and do you also review them every once in a while? What is your favourite way of documenting it? I would love to hear from you and stay tuned for more processes!