Design is the beauty of turning constraints into advantages

Mar 2013 34 minutes

Author: Aza Raskin

Topics: Critique, Design

It’s not about thinking outside the box. It’s about finding the right box to think inside. The power of constraints is learning to choose the right problem.

How do we ask the right question? Small changes in the question you’re asking and the constraints will make a difference to the question. Do you see the forrest or do you see the trees? Do you think globally or locally? Fail forward, fail faster.

Good questions are those that preclude reliable and already recognized answers. Instead they should promote novel answers – those that can help you fail forward. When solving a problem, check to see if it has enough constraints.

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