A post from Deepak on Facebook which led me to research the author introduced me to Marc Hemeon, Senior UX Designer at YouTube and Google. The original post from Deepak interested me in that this entrepreneur Hemeon cancelled a project somewhat prematurely when it ran into a child pornography issue. 6 months of work down the drain for an issue that almost every tech startup has to face, but I digress.
Further research into Hemeon’s posts lead me to one titled Design Process is a Myth. Intriguing, right? Here’s some choice quotes:
“Every designer has their own unique way of solving design problems.”
“Bad product design is fixed by hiring good designers not by adopting a better design process.”
“I create products and ideas by instinct, derived from my own aesthetic tastes and personal beliefs of how a product should look and feel after I have studied the problem. Here is a loose outline of how I tackle a design problem (just don’t call it a process).”
“I let my idea soak until I can clearly picture how to solve the problem. The solution arrives as a clear eureka moment. A eureka moment is pure, and provides an elegant and obvious solution (at least thats how it feels in my brain). The eureka moment comes randomly when I don’t expect it. If I sit down and try to force eureka I freeze and end up wasting time.”
I can’t tell if this guy is trolling or for real, but it raises the question: are these the kind of designers we will work with in the future?