The Iterative Design Process

20 Nov

Throughout this uni my work will be focusing on the design as a iterative process. This is the idea that as designers we must evaluate and test our projects constantly through the design process and be making changes to it to ensure that it meets the intended requirements of the initial brief. The use of this process is intended to ensure that when a project meets its final release that it shows the intended message that it was designed for.

Throughout lectures we have been looking at a few example of iterative design processes, one of the being the ‘Waterfall Model’. This method take a linear progress in step style format, this early style of iteration was successful in the fact that it was very easy to implement and it simplicity. However the principal of this method doesn’t work as well as intended as within an actual design process clients are likely to not know exactly what they require at the start of the brief and things often have to be change. This process doesn’t typical allow changes half way through and subsequently the designer has to then start the whole process all over again.

Waterfall Model

Waterfall Model

Understanding the downfalls of the waterfall model a much more suitable method is the cyclical process. This uses the same steps but in a much more flexible way allowing analysis within each of the steps carried out. this method allows the designer to work on previous iterations of the project completing set goals to improve the project overall. This idea is that the process is repeated continually until a effective working product is produced.

Cyclical Process

Cyclical Process


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