Universal Design Phases: Research

By: Jim Beal
30 January 2012

Universal Design Phases

“Being process-oriented, and not product-driven, is the most important and difficult skill for a designer to develop” – Matthew Frederick

Whether you are creating door knobs, websites, RFP’s, or buildings, there are 8 universal steps to the design process and they begin and end with research.

Initially, research is focused on gathering information that informs the exploration, discovery, and evolution of ideas to create solutions for our clients. Examples are establishing goals, vision, program, budget, schedule and analyzing precedents and context.

Toward the end of the cycle, research is focused on evaluating solutions and the process to generate them with the intent of improving future work. Examples are post-occupancy interviews, measurement and verification of the HVAC system, and monitoring utility costs.

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