Many believe that Solution Architecture is a relatively new field however such as with any other new field it extends the previous accumulated knowledge. Countless architects and more recently product designers worked to develop architectural knowledge since the dawn of time, gradually evolving their practice from one level of complexity to the next. One can easily draw many parallels between Solution Architecture and Product Design, no wonder that solution architects are often referred to as solution designers.
Personally I believe there is a lot a solution architect can learn from studying the design disciplines that preceded Solution Design. One of my main inspirations is Dieter Rams, an industrial designer whose designs are as ubiquitous as can be, some of his designs are now the norm and even are considered the main design inspiration behind Apple’s product and applications look and feel.
Dieter Rams came up with 10 design principles that carry over nicely from industrial design to solution design.