I suspected I’d have a fair amount of agreement from my contemporaries, so your perspective is very helpful. When you say:
bq. The mindset isn’t for designers
That’s my point. We’re designers.
We recently received an RFP from a potential client that left the door wide open for us to respond in any way we see fit. So while the end game was the same, the process with which we’re able to demonstrate our capabilities is refreshingly wide open. That was encouraging.
bq. The RFP is a chance to respond with the the architectural design of your business model or plans or experience, not for exposing your company’s individual creativity.
We absolutely provide process and experience details as a matter of course. But if the opportunity is for any kind of creative pursuit, wouldn’t the ability for a party to convey such creative thinking in the context of a proposal be advantageous? Or would you simply rely on a company’s past work to demonstrate creative problem solving?
bq. I’d write more, but this is definitely a conversation better handled over beer. :)
I’d love that opportunity some day. Plus, I happen to like beer.