The first step in the design process is to identify what people want and need.
Designers begin to solve a problem by visualizing many different potential solutions or approaches.
Testing ideas by making quick models, prototypes or mock-ups with easy to use and inexpensive materials helps designers clarify ideas and determine those that are most feasible.
Teachers should be sure to teach students how to generate ideas, visualize solutions and prototype possibilities before producing a final product.
Students should learn how to present the results of their work in a clear and compelling manner.
Design is evaluated by how successfully it meets the needs of others in the real world.
Identify Challenges, Design Possiblities, Create Solutions.