Deconstructing Difficult Problems

For our final position diagram of the quarter, we were challenged to show the difficulties in solving complex problems. I drew inspiration from readings by Herbert A. Simon, Amos Tversky/Daniel Kahneman, and Philip Johnson-Laird and put together this visual, in which I argue that designers can employ constraints and bias to make ill-structured problems easier to address. Then through iteration and inverting bias, designers can generate insights to address portions of the problem. All this while still keeping in mind how those solutions contribute to the whole system.

I realize most ill-structured problems may never become well-structured enough to solve with brute force or computing. However, a process of refinement and iteration can make it easier to start tackling complex, amorphous problems.