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6 Tips to Help You in Idiot-Proofing Your Product Design Review

In the world of business, all companies tend to have creators of content and products but they are very few in number. These people have artistic freedom and have the creative mindset to pull things off but in order to do that you do have to catch your investor’s eye. While a lot of people would tell you that you need to go all out in making the prototype, we would like to tell you that making a product is not an easy task and defending it is even more difficult so.

So if you are someone who has been in the product designing field very recently, you would need all the help you can get to be prepared for the critique and rejections that come in the way. You will also have to idiot proof your design so that investors are sure about it and take interest in your project. Here are a few tips that would help you in doing so, check them out below.

Before Presenting Your Work:

#1 Mock Presentation

Before you get into the presentation process with the investors, we would highly recommend that you hold a mock presentation with your colleagues. Make sure that the audience is critical and can evaluate things while also staying impartial. With this kind of audience you would have a better chance at getting honest feedback which will critique your product and help you in making a better brief.

#2 Take Notes And Record Your Briefings

Always have a person take notes during this mock presentation so that you have something to refer back to. If you want to take notes on your own then we would recommend that you keep a pen and paper with you and also record your briefing for a later self-review. This way you will be able to have an input on your own presentation skills.

#3 Engage Your Audience

Make sure to engage the audience and always be confident while talking about the product. If your audience is critiquing or asking questions, give clear and concise answers about it. Try not to get too defensive if your product is being negatively evaluated because defensiveness is never appreciated.

While Presenting Your Work:

#1 Tweak Your Presentation According to The Briefing

Once the briefing or mock session has been done, you should refer back to your notes and tweak your presentation and skills accordingly. Have a framework ready to be put in place regardless of how detailed it is. Go through the pilot study and researches you have done and the ones put out by your competitors.

#2 Be Transparent

Another thing you need to do is make sure to keep things real with the investors while also trying to sell your product to them. So make sure to be upfront and honest about things as best as you can, this honesty will reflect nicely on the investors and might even help in gaining a better footing in this industry.

#3 Always Question Other’s Input

A lot of the times, designers take on reviews and input about their products from the investors. Investor are people with the money but you are the one who knows your product better than anyone else. So do not be afraid to ask all the right questions. Make sure that you work on these products with a clearer mindset and ask questions where necessary. There is nothing wrong with asking questions, even though a lot of designers hold back from doing it because they feel like the investors would be put off by it. In reality everyone has a right to defend their product and clear out any misunderstandings if they have any.

4 Aspects of Product Designing That Should Be Paid More Attention To

When it comes to product designing there isn’t a one size fits all approach to begin with. There are a lot of different methods that can be adopted but in the end, you have to be the judge of selecting the correct one for yourself. However, all the methodologies tend to have certain aspects and elements that are common and neglected way too often because most people are in a rush to get the product launched into the market. Because of that rush, a lot of their products flop. If you want to be able to make a product that is bound to succeed, you will have to go through every stage with patience and focus instead of rushing it. This way your product will be designed with thoroughness and will have a higher probability of success.

For all the new people stepping into this field, following are a few of the aspects of product designing that should be paid more attention to, check them out below.

#1 Question Through Every Step of The Way

The very first thing you need to do is, question yourself as to why the product is being designed in the first place. If there is a purpose, then define it clearly. Also, ask yourself whether this product will help in making things more convenient?

You can take surveys within your office base or just ask general public for their opinion so that you know if the masses will appreciate your product or not. This will already give you a clearer perspective to work with.

#2 Do Not Rush Brainstorming

Brain storming is one of the best ways of collecting ideas. You use the data gathered through your surveys and come up with your ideas as well. Always have a couple of people while brainstorming for ideas. Do keep in mind that brainstorming isn’t only done when you are in your initial phases, you can always go back and forth and if you ever get stuck in the process of product designing you can hold more brainstorming sessions.

Make sure to draw out charts and go about it. Planning is a key element in product designing. So make sure you do your best in this stage and it is never too late to go back to brainstorming. A lot of people think that brainstorming is only done while in the initial phases but that isn’t true at all. Try out various approaches to brainstorming as well.

#3 Make Up a Strategy And Product Vision

Once you’re done with the brainstorming sessions, you should ideally move onto forming a strategy and have a vision for your product. This way you will be able to have an aim to move towards.

#4 Focus on Prototypes

Another thing to focus on while you are at it, is to ensure that your prototype is being tested. You shouldn’t just make one and then launch it into the market. That is a major risk that no organization should ever take. Always test out your prototypes and review their performances and if need be, refine their function and tweak the product until it has been perfected enough to be launched into the market.

Most product fail because by the time a prototype is made, investors are growing impatient and want to launch it into the market; not caring about the product’s quality. So make sure to be mindful of that while you are at it. If you follow these steps your product will be a major success.

3 Leadership Goals For Helping Product Designers

If you are someone who has been given the task to help and lead a team of designers and so that you can make it big in the industry then you need to know it is not an easy task. Especially since most designers are used to working solo and have very little experience with teams, however, trends are changing nowadays. Especially in a lot of diverse fields we have a collaborative approach being formed. So if you want to succeed you will have to get with the times and make it easier on yourself as well.

So in this article we will be discussing some of the different phases that you will be dealt with while working with designer and leading them as a team so they can go out there and make the best possible products for their designated companies. Mostly we will be focusing on what you have to do as a leader in situations where product designers are concerned and the trends in the industry are shifting to a collaborative approach. With that being said, let’s check some of them out below.

#1 Write Down Your Goals

The first thing that needs to be done while leading any kind of team is to make sure you have certain goals. Write them down and put them up as a reminder so that you are working towards the idea of what a perfect design team should look like. Keep them up and check them off in your mental list so that you know you are making progress with it. Having that reminder does help in staying on track as a leader.

#2 Ask For Their Input

While you know that most designers prefer to work alone, you cannot form a team without instilling some sense of responsibility in them. So make sure to be less authoritative towards them and ask them for their input. It will definitely help you in creating a team that wants to give out their opinions and know that it will be heard. Of course, no one likes a leader that just rules and gives orders all the time, sometimes it is completely okay to take the back burner and let your designers have the creative freedom. Ask each one of them for their input and then do a vote count to see which one work.

Lead through a better example and always ask questions when you’re unsure about something. This will give the designers a sense that their opinions matter and are actually taken into consideration. But also do not hold back from putting your foot down on certain aspects like not compromising on quality of the products.

#3 Always Acknowledge Your Failure

While working on something, do not just write your own set of goals, ask them about theirs and then go with an approach that you will know work. This way they will be able to come out of their shell and be more comfortable in being candid with you while also following the professional boundaries.

Define and redefine the rules as you move forward. If there is something genuinely wrong with your ideas, acknowledge them and always go with what unanimous votes tend to say. Always hold briefings and do not finalize plans early on and if you do, admit it when it is your mistake instead of blaming your subordinates.