Defining ‘service design’ is a universal problem. Experts seem to agree on one thing only: there is no exhaustive definition of service design.
According to Lamia’s Head of Design Saana Turunen, the difficulty lies in the fact that service design is not a clear-cut method or area of competence.
"Service design is an umbrella concept that combines elements of design, user interface, sales and marketing," Turunen explains.
Service design implies comprehensive design with the goal of creating user-friendly and relevant services, products, facilities, and processes. For example, the aim of designing an e-commerce service is to produce a commercially successful platform.
“Service design is not a new, miraculous magic wand, even though it’s now a trending topic. Some people think that service design is all about visual show off. In reality, aesthetics is only a part of service design and a tool for making a service appealing.”
In practice, service design is customer-oriented teamwork where the designer works as a moderator between experts from different fields. For example, a team creating e-commerce platforms can consist of professionals in UX and UI design, sales, marketing and software development.
“I believe that by the means of service design, professionals from different fields have found a common language. The service designer’s role is to help the team members understand each other and find a common vision and direction," Turunen says.