Why Designers Love Lists / 26 September 2016 - 13:38:27

Why Designers Love Lists ?

Admit it, you know you love a good list. Whether it’s a list that will help you learn something new or list that makes you chuckle, they are the perfect five-minute distraction. So let’s get started with 10 reasons why designers love lists. And make sure to let us know how we are doing. Does this list represent you? Do you want to add more reasons why you love lists? Join the conversation with us.

  1. 1. To use as a conversation starter. Lists are a great way to compile a bit of design information that you can you to talk to other design professionals, from tools you use to trends to try.
  2. 2. To provide information about a topic at a glance. Hot topics can be boiled down easily in list format, making it easy to learn something new in a flash.
  3. 3. Because they can be turned into neat infographics. Digestible bits of information are great for turning into more visual formats. Lists, especially those with a few data points, can be converted into cool and creative infographics.
  4. 4. So you can check off items you care/don’t care about. Lists make it easy to visualize information – hey, that’s what design is all about – and filter the good from the bad.
  5. 5. Give you a set of comparison tools so you can see how you rank. Are you jumping on to certain design trends or have a toolkit of elements that other designers are using? Lists can be a good gauge of where you stand in the design community. Do you fall in with the pack or pave more of your own path?
  6. 6. Help you think about problems and solutions in a quick and manageable way. Lists provide a set of manageable and doable solutions to help you solve problems. (Solving problems is one of the top reasons designers say the love their jobs, by the way.)
  7. 7. You can use them to create nifty posters. Lists can be converted to poster-style designs, one element at a time. This is a great way to jumpstart your creativity. Not sure how to use this as a creative tool? Grab a list. (You can use this one.) Design a poster series featuring a themed design. Each poster should include one element from the list.
  8. 8. Provide a sense of accomplishment. Even without visual checkboxes, lists are made to help you note completed tasks. (And nothing is better than checking items off a list, right?)
  9. 9. They are easy to read on the go. Lists are perfect for reading on the go. Even while standing in the line at the grocery store or while waiting for the train during your daily commute, a list can help you learn or think about something new. (Plus, short form text is easy to read on your phone.)
  10. 10. Because they are fun!



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