Feb 06

The six phases of a design project

  1. Enthusiasm
  2. Disillusionment
  3. Panic
  4. Search for the guilty
  5. Punishment of the innocent
  6. Praise for the non-participants
Notice on the wall of the Greater London Council Architects Department. (According to Astragal AJ March 22 1978)

In Lawson, Brian (1990). How designers think: The design process demystified (2nd ed.): Butterworth Architecture.

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10:46 AM on Apr 8, 2012

If only it were possible to stay enthusiastic indefinitely! Maybe designers should just buy lots of corny motivational posters with the word "ENTHUSIASM" underneath a photo of a guy climbing a mountain.

- Steve

11:50 AM on Sep 10, 2012

Excellent post. Personally, I manage to stay in "enthusiast" mode for quite a long time before the next steps by simply reminding myself of some memorable quotes that I've come across. One of the most memorable ones is a Steve Jobs quote that I love:

"Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride all fear of embarrassment or failure. These tings just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose."

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4:21 PM on Dec 14, 2012

thank you

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