Understanding the Design Process - Exercise

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Understanding the Design Process - Exercise

Understanding the Design Process

Duration: 15 to 25 minutes.

In this exercise, you will answer a few questions about the design process.

  1. What are two approaches one may take to plan a project? Are there benefits to one verses another?
  2. What are the four main phases of a project life cycle?
  3. Name some of the ways to implement a plan.


  1. Two possible approaches are to use a top-down, or a bottom-up thought process. There are no benefits to either approach - most will use a combination of the two.
  2. The four main phases are preproject tasks, planning, production, and postproduction.
  3. Many options exist - use of software like Microsoft Project or free online solutions such as www.freedcamp.com are great ways to share expectations and files with others.