A design method is simply a set of steps you can refer to, so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you are trying to solve a similar design problem.
Design methods are great:
- They help define a baseline way of doing something.
- They help create a shared vocabulary across a team or an organization.
- They help make design accessible to more people (hi, Design Thinking), which also means that other industries will start understanding the value design can bring to the equation.
What is concerning is when designers cross the line and start to obsess about design methods; when they rely on design methods for everything, and start to believe there is no other way to solve design problems than the one specified in a guide or tutorial.