Design is reflexive, measuring its own effectiveness through a constant iterative feedback loop. Although the first priority must always be quality testing with end users, there is also a need for interdisciplinary design and research teams to challenge the ideas while they are still emerging.
The Rose, Bud, Thorn tool helps hone in on strengths, opportunities and obstacles of a problem-solving process. It is a versatile instrument that can be used to consolidate a day’s events, a project entity, or iterations of a prototype.
We use the model to evaluate concepts that the team comes up with, and identify the super concept that would be taken forward.
Rose A fully-fledged new idea that is likely to achieve its desired outcomes
Bud Has the potential to become a rose, but needs further thought and development
Thorn Something that isn’t working, or that might work against the idea’s desired outcomes
Using the tool in concept evaluation provides a framework for exploring the potential benefits of any new concept. The tool can pave the way for deciding on the concept to be developed.
The Rose, Bud, Thorn model can be used in various design phases to figure out what’s working and what’s not, and explore further areas of opportunity. It can trigger discussions that direct how designs ought to evolve.