Pattern: Show your work

Expose other members of the team to the design process. While designers and other creative people are generally tempted to show only the result of their labor, pulling back the curtain early in the process can be helpful. Besides involving people in the creative process, showing work can help explain the challenges and justify the decisions made.

Showing work might entail revealing early sketches or concepts, describing the thought process, or including people in brainstorming, critiques, and other conversations along the way.

Use when:

  • Confronting difficult design problems to show how you’ve incorporated and addresses many different inputs or constraints.
  • Working with a team that doesn’t understand the creative process to demonstrate the complexity of the challenge.


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