Design is the planning that lays the basis for the making of objects or systems.
As a verb, “to design” refers to the process of originating and developing a plan for a product, structure, system, or component with intention. As a noun, “a design” is used for either the final (solution) plan (e.g. proposal, drawing, model, description) or the result of implementing that plan in the form of the final product of a design process. This classification aside, in its broadest sense no other limitations exist and the final product can be anything from clothing to graphical user interfaces to skyscrapers. Even virtual concepts such as corporate identity and cultural traditions such as celebration of certain holidays (LIKE WEDDINGS) are sometimes designed.
Typical steps – A design process may include a series of steps followed by designers. Depending on the product or service, some of these stages may be irrelevant, ignored in real-world situations in order to save time, reduce cost, or because they may be redundant in the situation. Typical stages of the design process include:
- Design brief or Parti – an early often the beginning statement of design goals
- Analysis – analysis of current design goals
- Research – investigating similar design solutions in the field or related topics
- Specification – specifying requirements of a design solution for a product (product design specification) or service.
- Problem solving – conceptualizing and documenting design solutions
- Presentation – presenting design solutions
Until a last week, I looked at the wedding as an “event”, not as a project or designable celebration. When I made the realization, I felt a little stupid. I should have gotten the point while I wrote my post about wedding themes, shouldn’t I have? Well now, I’m completely on board the event design process. (I apparently wasn’t completely paying attention to those elaborate weddings Meg and I have seen on the Style Channel either. Obviously a $100k wedding has more than a wedding planner.) The one thing that I also have realized is that I’m at a loss in the wedding vocabulary and information, clearly behind Meg for sure (I think women have a special wedding memory gene, but I can’t be sure.) Either way it’s like someone has asked me to design scenery for 17th Century Japan. I have almost no idea what that might entail. Thus I’m currently in the Analysis and Research stage of “Wedding Design” Below is a short list of my current research “materials” feel free to suggest any more you might have. Kevin