The terms “problem and solution” are omnipresent the world over in various design disciplines and designers often position themselves as problem solvers. Through a rigorous exploration of different perspectives on the problem-solution model and its impact, this article revisits how designers define, perceive, and consequently practice design. It closely explores how frequently propagated terminology and perceptions can impact designers and their work—educationally and professionally. The article also presents alternative approaches to thinking about and practicing design.

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