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How a Designer Uses Batterii to Find Patterns, Iterate & Share His Process

We sat down with one of our designers, D.J. Trischler, to talk about his creative process and how he has embraced Batterii to work. Trischler shares how he uses Batterii to collect his research, find patterns, iterate and share his process.

I like to say that process is greater than product. For me, as a graphic designer, that means that design doesn’t just happen in a vacuum. It happens as a result of hours and days of research, inspiration, conversations, workshops, iterations, testing, feedback and much, much more. Batterii gives me a central location to capture and organize my process. Not only that, it helps me me see patterns, generate ideas, and form solutions faster and better.

Below are four examples of how I’ve used Batterii to collect research, recognize patterns, capture iterations, and share the process. 

1. Collect Research 

Last year I facilitated a workshop called “Signs of Good" with students at The University of Tennessee. The goal was for students to discover problems on campus and design solutions in the form of signage. The students were broken into teams and each team had their own Batterii room. Equipped with smartphones and the Batterii app, the first thing the students did was walk around campus observing potential problems. One team noticed that most students were wearing their backpacks incorrectly and captured their findings via Batterii.

The next step was to build a better understanding of the problem each team hoped to solve. Some teams interviewed other students, collecting the audio to Batterii in the process. One team wanted to build empathy around what it’s like to navigate the design center in a wheelchair. They used rolling offices chairs in place of wheelchairs to get around the building. Photos and thoughts from the experience were captured to the Batterii room.

All of this preliminary research, and eventually the whole design process, was stored in one place in Batterii.

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In the field research

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Empathy-building

2. Recognize Patterns 

I run a lot of workshops with my clients, specifically to uncover their core identities. These workshops involve lots of Post-its, sharpies, and coffee. They usually take up a whole day and result in tons of data (in Post-it form) to process. In the past, I’ve transcribed the Post-its to excel or numbers. After a recent workshop I use the Post-Its app integration with Batterii to put all of the workshop notes into Batterii rooms. Moving this data to Batterii gave me the ability to move notes, add notes, color code and categorize notes, and pull inspiration from the web; it’s a lot like a digital whiteboard. I found I was able to connect the dots much faster with the 5000 foot view Batterii gave me.

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Batterii Post-its transcribed from paper Post-its

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I used a custom backdrop to better understand the client's (Trestles) sweet spot

3. Capture Iterations 

Design often involves trying a solution, breaking it, and trying it again until it sticks. Rather than have tons of files for each iteration, I usually screen capture the steps along the way. I’ve started to post those iterations to a Batterii wall so that I can better see the evolution of a project. Most recently, I did this with the latest issue of the magazine, Kunst: Built Ar. I created a room in Batterrii for each article and was able to see, again from a higher level, what was working and not working throughout the process.

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Iterations of the Brush Factory Article in Kunst Issue 2 

4. Sharing the Process 

I’m currently working on a project with another designer and we’re using Batterii to share pretty much everything – the brief, inspiration, design direction, assets and iterations. Using Batterii has helped us stay on the same page along the way. Not only that, I used Batterii instead of a [presentation] deck to present research and iterations to the client. It was easy to go back and forth between rooms and show them each step along the way. They’re happy with the work, but not only that, they have a much better understanding of the intentions behind the work because they got a glimpse of the process.

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Creative Brief 

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Design Direction

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The illustrator (Erin Barker) that I collaborated with shared assets via Batterii

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We captured iterations and shared feedback via Batterii

Batterii works for me and my process. Both my clients and collaborators get it. Continuing to use it on current and future projects is a no-brainer.

About D.J. Trischler

D.J. Trischler is an independent designer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. D.J. specializes in brand/identity, logo design, typography and layout. D.J. serves clients directly, collaborates along side other creatives like copywriters, developers, or illustrators, and supports smaller teams in need of a go-to wingman for one-off projects. He believes it's more important to build community than a company and that process is always greater than product.

Looking to see how you can use Batterii to collect and share content? See how information can be captured and then built-on or shared: download the Batterii Guide to Digital Ethnography below.

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