I was taught a traditional design process during my fashion undergrad. This involved looking at trends, choosing a direction, sketching a lot, critiquing which design to make into a sample. I would have fit models try on my samples to get the fit right. Create a final design and present it back for more critiquing.
As a service designer, the overall structure of the design process is the same, however the methods used and intent of the work differs. I want those I'm working with to understand my process, understand the value my skills bring and how my process is similar or different from other disciplines. I promote other frameworks (double-diamonds, loops, fuzzy front ends) when it helps bring clarity and understanding of my work to my partners.
One technique in the research process I believe is incredibly valuable is becoming the user. I find there are nuances and subtleties that can go unnoticed or left unsaid in observations and interviews. As the user you notice the little movements, you feel the emotions of embarrassment, frustration or joy that uncovers further insights.
Below are additional photos and examples of my work across different phases of the design process.