01. PEN, PAPER & IPAD
For the ideation phase, I always start from pen and paper. It could help me to organize my thoughts and get more ideas to start with.
As Ipad and Apple pencil hit the market, I also use them as convenient tools to carry along.
02. DESIGN TOOLS
I use Sketch, Illustrator and Photoshop to flesh my concepts. For prototyping, I prefer InVision, Framer.js and Hype. I also use Framer.js and Hype to do motion design.
03. DATA ANALYSIS
I am proficient in data analysis, questionnaire design, experiment design, and conduct user testing. With the anxiety to learn more, I studied machine learning course in school, which enables me to do more complex and in-depth analyzing.
04. MY DESIGN PROCESS
Design is inquiry and action. It handles wicked problems. It is both product and process.
Design is an iterative process. I usually involve research, ideation, sketch, prototyping and testing in my design. However, they do not happen sequentially. Sometimes, I need to go back to early phases. As Hatchuel suggests, design space expands as we dive into the problem. So I am alwayse prepared to analysis the expanded problem space again and again.