Parti & The Design Sandwich
by Luke Wroblewski June 15, 2009
In architecture, parti refers to the underlying concept of a building. Will it be a public structure that provides safety or a commercial building focused on customer up-selling?
Design principles are the guiding light for any parti. They articulate the fundamental goals that all decisions can be measured against and thereby keep the pieces of a project moving toward an integrated whole. But design principles are not enough.
Every design consideration has a set of opportunities and limitations that can either add to or detract from the parti. Designers who want to bring coherent visions to life need to learn the detailed ins and outs of design considerations so they can select the best solutions from the options available.
This combination of design principles at the top and design considerations at the bottom allows designers to fill in the middle with meaningful structures that enable people and organisations to interact, communicate, and get things done.