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Learning product design

Here are some ideas I put together for a friend. It’s based on my diagram of the elements of product design.

The elements of product design

A model explaining product design as a stack of decisions built on top of a stack of knowledge. With apologies to Jesse James Garrett.

Work backwards

Any time you’re planning, spend some time working backwards. Ask “what’s the key state I’m aiming for?”, then ask “what unlocks or enables that?”. And repeat.