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Systematic Design Process and Designer`s Routine Automation

Systematic Design Process and Designer`s Routine Automation

Designers are facing escalating challenges due to the swift progress of modern technologies and the digital landscape. Today, designers must not only understand user needs and create user-friendly interfaces but also ensure design consistency in complex systems while optimizing their routine tasks.

In this article, we will take a closer look at the systematic approach in design and the role of automation in a designer's routine tasks.

What is a systematic approach to design?

A systematic approach involves considering design as an intricate system built upon the interaction of various components, elements, and processes that influence each other and collectively shape the outcome.

Employing a systematic approach benefits designers in the following ways:

  • it helps designers gain insight into how different design components, like structure, functionality, and user interaction, influence each other;
  • provides designers with context and understanding of how their decisions impact the entire design system as a cohesive entity;
  • facilitates complementary and cohesive design solutions that enhance user-product interaction and help achieve the defined goals.

Implementing automation tools is a way to attain a systematic approach to design.

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Designer's routine automation

A designer's routine automation enables the practical application of the systematic approach. Equipped with innovative tools and technologies, specialists can bring their concepts and ideas to life with greater speed and efficiency.

Let's consider several advantages associated with designer's work automation:

Time efficiency

Automation can greatly accelerate the development process and minimize the time devoted to repetitive tasks (e.g., template creation, style generation, or component export). As a result, designers can focus on more creative aspects of their work and enhance the overall user experience.

Less human error

The human factor is an integral part of any design.  Automated tools help avoid human error in repetitive tasks, ensuring greater accuracy and reliability in the work.

Consistency and standardization

Designers develop design systems – a set of components, rules, and templates that establish unity in the product's design. Meanwhile, automation tools aid in creating element libraries, developing style guides, and ensuring consistency and efficiency.

Increased productivity

Instead of spending time on routine tasks, designers can focus their efforts on more complex tasks such as strategic planning, user research, creative idea generation, and conceptual design. As a result, designers can make better use of resources and deliver superior outcomes in a shorter period.

AI-driven tools are a fantastic opportunity to streamline and automate repetitive tasks for designers while they work on their projects. The demand for these tools is completely justified as they automate numerous tasks that were previously carried out manually.

It's worth highlighting Photoshop, which implemented AI to produce incredible images. The new Generative Fill tool assists users in adding, removing, and expanding visual content using textual descriptions.

Furthermore, Figma, a widely-used design and prototyping tool, has recently launched new plugin sets, offering designers access to fresh and captivating functionalities. Take, for instance, a plugin that automates animation and screen transitions, adding a dynamic and vibrant touch to the design. Another set of plugins allows users to expand font editing capabilities, providing access to a wider range of typographic settings and styles, giving designers greater flexibility and control over textual content.

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Indeed, following a systematic design approach and automating routine tasks are key elements that foster efficiency, and creativity, and help stick to top-notch design standards. By adopting the necessary tools, experts can concentrate on the core aspects of their work and develop innovative products that cater to users' needs and preferences.

The FreshTech approach to web and mobile development involves an in-depth exploration of the company's target audience and the creation of prototypes. Based on gained insights, we create intuitive, aesthetically pleasing, and interactive interfaces.

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