There are as many design methods as there are designers. All designer go about creating what they create in slightly different ways, and that's great! It means there is more than one solution for any one need, which we love! It makes the world of design a diverse and interesting place to be.
Numerous books have been written on how to design things; from those employing weird and wonderful charts and graphs, to mood boards and discussion groups. The prominent design concept used by us in all our pieces, is a basic one. The concept we abide by is ‘KISS’!
K.I.S.S. stands for, 'Keep it Simple Stupid', this ideology/ethos is more powerful and at the same time harder to adhere to than you might think. Designers often get caught up continually modifying their first concept: adding bits on, taking bits off until the massively complicated result can do what it's meant to do. To us at OpenForm a design should be elegant and simple in its nature. Simple designs don't appear forced, they give the impression they are working with their environment, not against it. They appear comfortable and thus help precipitate a relaxing atmosphere for those existing with them.
Beyond the emotive and aesthetic implications of simple designs, they are often the optimal functional designs too: the less parts and components a design incorporates the fewer things can go wrong.
Simple Doesn't Mean Boring!
It is important to make a distinction between 'simple' and 'boring' design. Simple designs are the product of deep consideration for form and function, the culmination of skill, passion and judgment; ultimately, the mark of a confident and accomplished designer. Whereas boring design is uninspired and uninteresting; design which is devoid of care, feeling and consideration for aesthetics or functionality, all of which combine to create products for which, at best, you feel complete indifference.