Comparing Frameworks: Double Diamond VS Google Sprints
Launched in 2004, the Double Diamond is a world-famous design framework created by the Design Council. This framework was created to help people tackle big problems that include areas such as social, economic and environmental. Though the Double Diamond is used to solve big problems, the process is relatively simple: Explore the problem at a wide level then focus in on an area, then focus on the idea at a broad level then hone in on a solution. In the first diamond, we focus on the problem and try to understand as much as we can about the context of the problem, whether this is the right problem. When using this framework this normally involves interviewing stakeholders and conducting user research. After enough insight is gained we move on to defining the challenge, for example after doing our research we might find out that the initial problem set by our client is, in fact, the wrong problem to be focusing on. In the second diamond, we focus on creating actual designs or solutions. During this phase, it’s really important to start with a broad range of solutions, developing as many relevant possible ideas as we can. Towards the end of the diamond, we then focus on testing out our ideas this helps us continually narrow down our ideas until we come to a solution which we want to implement. Naturally, this is a brief summary of the framework so if you want to get a deeper understanding make sure you take a look at the Design Councils explanation. Pro’s of using the Double Diamond process It’s a very simple framework, especially when looking at the visualisation — if you needed to explain to clients or your boss what your design process was it would be easy to do so with this method. It puts users first. With this framework, you’re speaking with the users straight away ensuring that you’re focusing on their actual needs and problems. Great for if you are working with a client who doesn’t quite know what their problem is as the first diamond allows you to do a lot of exploration. Con’s of using the Double Diamond process If you have a client who specifically wants to work with a small problem such as help users complete a sign-up form, this method probably will be a bit overkill. The Design Council mention it on their website to iterate multiple times however if you’re basing your method just from the graphic alone it’s not very clear. The phases are very distinct — this could also be a pro depending on how you look at it. The problem and the solution phases have no cross over suggesting that the research or the understanding stops when you move into the solution phase. URL Out – https://medium.com/what-liz-learnt/what-i-learnt-this-week-the-double-diamond-framework-vs-google-design-sprint-af7652ee57bc?sk=18e0f7f18265ac789187aed078f039aeAuthor – medium.comDate – 2019-11-22 17:38:35
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