The Bartlett School of Planning


Design process and techniques

Graphic skills proficiency in urban design (and Design as a discipline more broadly) is of particular importance during your studies and beyond. It is however something that can be obtained only with continuous hands-on involvement.

Graphic representation through the use of diagrams and mapping, but also understanding how to analyse graphic documents such as historic maps, development plans and frameworks and being able to prepare graphic reports and other visual outputs to professional standards are core skills for both planning and urban design disciplines.  

The essence of Design as a process can be distilled into four core phases:  

  1. Analysis
  2. Concept Visualisation
  3. Detailed Design
  4. Presentation

Below, you will find links to four separate pages looking in more depth at each phase and complemented with downloadable handouts to get you acquainted with the various processes and techniques that are available. 

Design process phases


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1. Analysis

Support for your quantitative and qualitative techniques

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2. Visualisation

Develop your concept and spatial design techniques

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3. Detailed design

Support on how to use content design tools

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4. Presentation

Improve your writing and presentation