I’m glad it’s not just me – Jeffrey Veen on his design process.

And I sort of realized that I do design that way. I build up a tremendous amount of background data, let it synthesize, then “blink” it out as a fully-formed solution. It typically works like this:
Talk to everybody I possibly can about the problem.
Read everything that would even be remotely related to what I’m doing. Hang charts, graphs, diagrams, and screenshots all over my office.
Observe user research; recall past research.
Stew in it all, panic as deadline approaches, stop sleeping, stop eating.
Be struck with an epiphany. Instantly see the solution. Curse my tools for being too slow as I frantically get it all down in a document.
Sleep for three days.

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