My design process as a whole is collaborative, adaptable, and welcomes potential future iteration. I've always liked the "design scribble" as a metaphor for the experience of designing, but felt it was too linear for projects that have long-term goals. Within a circular, iterative adaptation of this framework, I see my design process as falling into four main categories: research, concept development, prototyping, and refinement.
During the first phase, ambiguity is high as I seek to question my assumptions through research. While uncertainty is still high during the concept development phase, patterns begin to emerge that ultimately provide direction. During the prototyping stage, details take shape that focus the design even further. Finally, the refinement stage synthesizes everything discovered in the prior phases into a single design solution. However, with time it's possible that the project should be revisited from a different angle based on feedback, and a new phase of research, concept development, and prototyping may be necessary. Below I've gone into further detail on what each of these phases means to me.