The Process Defined
  • Step 1: Initial Concept
    Early abstract/generic ideas conceived in the mind after original contact with proposed project.
  • Step 2: Brainstorming
    Applying problem-solving techniques to help facilitate revisions of the initial concepts.
  • Step 3: Analysis
    Separation of the project into definitive components: target audience, user needs, timeline, budjet, platform constraints, etc.
  • Step 4: Planning
    Refining the initial concept of the project so that it meets the needs defined in the analysis stage of the process.
  • Step 5: Proposal
    Putting forth for review, a summarized plan of action that answers the six most important questions of design: who, what, when, where, why, and how.
  • Step 6: Production
    Stage of the process where construction of the final product begins. This includes the creation of any graphics, code, body copy, multimedia elements, etc.
  • Step 7: Evaluation
    After initial completion of production stage, reviews are conducted which analyze the product for usability and adherence to proposal standards. If it does not conform to these standards or if flaws are discovered in the original design then the project needs to be modified and tested again.
  • Step 8: Completion
    The product is complete and ready to be made available to it's end user.
  • Step 9: Evolution
    Constant monitoring of the project preserves it's usability, metrics are gathered periodically if needed, and future improvement ideas are discussed.
  • The Process Defined
    The best way to ensure that a project goes smoothly is to have a good process in place before you start.