Discussing design: always consider at least one alternative

Yesterday I had an initial blog redesign meeting with a designer and a stakeholder. The purpose of the meeting was to present and discuss our initial redesign ideas. The designer already had a vision of how to improve the current information structure and content presentation. She brought some paper sketches as a mean of communication which I admire and I was there to contribute with my insights.

I could not help but notice that whenever a new design solution (i.e. how the news items should be presented on the page) was proposed I immediately had a counter- idea about how it could be solved differently. These alternatives forced everyone in the room to rethink and give more detailed arguments on why their solution was more suitable for the job.

The takeaway message is that it’s vital to consider design alternatives while discussing designs. It helps to concentrate team on the arguments and this results in more comprehensive designs.