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14 Sep 2018

Eight Principles of Purpose-Driven Design

Expand the Room is a creative agency based in New York that works with digital strategy, product development, video production and marketing.

"ExpandTheRoom looks for purpose in each decision we make and every solution we create. Purpose-Driven Design is our philosophy and the framework we use to solve design challenges."


The principles

  1. Real Value is Discovered

    By understanding our client’s business, customers, goals, and their highest aspirations, we push beyond the boundaries of convention and bring truly innovative solutions to life.

  2. Usefulness Depends on Empathy

    People care more about their problems than our solutions. Design decisions must be rooted in solving real problems suffered by true users.

  3. Collaboration Requires Learning

    We’re all in it together — and we all matter. We support each other, always! When we partner, we push for a single, unified team where we can all learn from each other.

  4. The Road to Obvious is Rigor

    Achieving true simplicity is a lot like solving a riddle — the answer is obvious only after you’ve worked it out. We challenge ourselves to look at problems from all angles in order to find the simplest solution.

  5. You Can’t Guess Your Way to Credibility

    We believe an unverified fact is just an opinion. Credible designs are based on facts, not opinions. We leverage data to verify assumptions and test our designs often. This helps ensure that the things we create behave the way users expect them to.

  6. Design for Context, Not Device

    We consider every part of the user’s experience when we make design decisions. The physical conditions beyond the edges of a screen have every bit as much to do with how we design as the size of that screen.

  7. Innovation = Aspiration ÷ Feasibility

    We ship because we design things that can be built. Feasibility comes from collaborating, and our developers’ input is just as important as that of our designers. We focus our effort on the innovative differentiators rather than reinventing the wheel.

  8. Keep it Human, Stupid

    Emotion is at the core of our design. We don’t just sprinkle it on at the end — we bake it fully into every interaction.

  1. Real Value is Discovered

    By understanding our client’s business, customers, goals, and their highest aspirations, we push beyond the boundaries of convention and bring truly innovative solutions to life.

  2. Usefulness Depends on Empathy

    People care more about their problems than our solutions. Design decisions must be rooted in solving real problems suffered by true users.

  3. Collaboration Requires Learning

    We’re all in it together — and we all matter. We support each other, always! When we partner, we push for a single, unified team where we can all learn from each other.

  4. The Road to Obvious is Rigor

    Achieving true simplicity is a lot like solving a riddle — the answer is obvious only after you’ve worked it out. We challenge ourselves to look at problems from all angles in order to find the simplest solution.

  5. You Can’t Guess Your Way to Credibility

    We believe an unverified fact is just an opinion. Credible designs are based on facts, not opinions. We leverage data to verify assumptions and test our designs often. This helps ensure that the things we create behave the way users expect them to.

  6. Design for Context, Not Device

    We consider every part of the user’s experience when we make design decisions. The physical conditions beyond the edges of a screen have every bit as much to do with how we design as the size of that screen.

  7. Innovation = Aspiration ÷ Feasibility

    We ship because we design things that can be built. Feasibility comes from collaborating, and our developers’ input is just as important as that of our designers. We focus our effort on the innovative differentiators rather than reinventing the wheel.

  8. Keep it Human, Stupid

    Emotion is at the core of our design. We don’t just sprinkle it on at the end — we bake it fully into every interaction.

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