Any designer or engineer has run into a problem that has just stopped them in their tracks. No matter what you try to do, you can’t figure out a way around it. Then, there is a revelation – that moment that occurs (usually in the shower or on an airplane) that makes you say “Oh! I need to try this!”. These workarounds are often the most frustrating and rewarding parts of the design process as they solve a problem in a way you never thought of when you started.
IDEO is one of the world’s leading design firms. They are a very cool company with a tremendous roster of clients including Marriott, Apple and Wells Fargo. In this post, Mark Harrison, an electrical engineer with IDEO talks about his 4 favorite workarounds to solve design problems. It’s a really interesting insight into the design process and a great way to think differently.